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Pictures from Doug and Pat Ross on their trip to Scotland 2007
Skara Brae, Orkney


Skara Brae is a World Heritage site on the southern shore of Sandwick's Bay o' Skaill. These remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village were discovered by the laird, William Watt of Skaill, in 1850. Excavations took place until 1868 and they resumed in 1925, 1928 and 1930. Today, eight dwellings and a reconstructed home may be viewed on the site.  Visitors are invited to take a small entrance into a typical Neolithic home, which has been reconstructed at the beginning of the village site.

Visitors are invited to take a small entrance into a typical Neolithic home, which has been reconstructed at the beginning of the village site. The basic plan of the living quarters included a dresser, grinding stone, hearth in centre of floor, box beds, storage spaces set into the walls, and fish-bait tanks.

"Wick" is the Norse term for "bay". Sandwick has lived up to its name many times, since the winds have covered this village with sand many times during its history.

Not every home on this archaeological site has been excavated. Due to the extreme weather conditions in the Bay of Skaill, erosion is always a problem and one measure of preservation involves leaving things intact.

Skaill House is worth a visit, but photographs are not allowed inside. Tourists are led via a one-way system around a series of public rooms . . . a dining room, a study, a huge drawing room, Bishop Graham's bedroom, a gun room and several exhibitions.


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