Skara Brae

Skara Brae 7 by David Gadient, 2016

As we’ve been out of town, it’s taken a while to post more photos from our time in Orkney. But here are some from our visit to the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, which is on the Bay of Skaill, west of Kirkwall.

Uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae gives a remarkable picture of life 5,000 years ago. The site is older than Stonehenge, and has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation.

Right next to the shoreline―some of the village has already been lost to the sea―there are eight stone houses, clustered together and connected by stone paths. Researchers believe it was home to 50 to 100 people.

Skara Brae 1 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 5 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 3 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 4 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 2 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 6 by David Gadient, 2016

Skara Brae 8 by David Gadient, 2016

If you visit Orkney, Skara Brae is truly a place not to be missed.

I’ll share more photos from Orkney soon!

Links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral


Filed under History, Holiday, Journal, Orkney, Photography, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

11 responses to “Skara Brae

  1. What wonderful photos! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Chris P

    Great photos! Would love to visit this place some day, I’ve read so much about it.

    • Thank you, Chris–I’ll let David know you liked them! There’s so much to explore in Orkney; we’re already planning a return trip and have some long walks mapped out. Hopefully, we’ll get to see an aurora or two next time.

  3. Somehow I missed this post. Glad I found it! Great photos and now I can read more about it!

  4. Fascinating place! Just trying to imagine living in a house like that, must have been cosy, but quite dark. And where did the wheelie bins go?! 😉

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