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Neolithic Orkney

Skara Brae Mainland Orkney KW16 3LR

Orkney boasts what are arguably the most impressive Neolithic remnants in Europe, and in recognition of its importance, a whole tract of the mainland has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stellar attraction is Skara Brae, an incredibly well-preserved Neolithic village that predates the Egyptian Pyramids, dating back at least 5000 years, and is set in a dramatic location overlooking a sweeping sandy bay. There's also the Brodgar Stone Circle, which lies close to yet another UNESCO site, the vaulting standing stones at Stenness. Only Skara Brae has a visitor centre, through the others have information boards.