Skara Brae

With a variety of attractions, wonderful wildlife and some amazing scenery, the West Mainland is difficult to rival. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into in the mid-12th century by Viking crusaders who carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Don’t miss a visit of the Ring of Brodgar, the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland!