Tomb of the Eagles

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South Ronaldsay , Scotland
+44 1865 831339
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adult/child £7.50/3.50
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Apr-Sep, 10am-noon Mar, 9.30am-12.30pm Oct
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Two significant archaeological sites were found here by a farmer on his land. The first is a Bronze Age stone building with a firepit, indoor well, and plenty of seating: a communal cooking site or the original Orkney pub? Beyond, in a spectacular clifftop position, the Neolithic tomb (wheel yourself in prone on a trolley) is an elaborate stone construction which held the remains of up to 340 people who died some five millennia ago.

An excellent personal explanation is given to you at the visitor centre ; you meet a few spooky skulls and can handle some of the artefacts found, plus absorb information on the Mesolithic period. It's about a mile's airy walk to the tomb from the centre, which is near Burwick.