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Timeless Travels Magazine - - SCOTLAND -

The UNESCO listed ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Her­itage Site’ con­sists of four well-pre­served Neolithic sites on Main­land, each in use roughly 5,000 years ago and now pro­tected by His­toric Scot­land.

• Skara Brae – Open­ing times vary across the year: from 1st April to 30th Septem­ber, the site is open Mon­day to Sun­day, 9.30am to 5.30pm. Then, from 1st Oc­to­ber to 31st March, it is open Mon­day to Sun­day, 10am to 4pm. An adult ticket to see Skara Brae (not in­clud­ing Skaill House) costs £6.10.

• Maeshowe Cham­bered Cairn – At the time of writ­ing, Maeshowe can only be vis­ited by guided tour; these depart from Skara Brae at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Adult tick­ets cost £5.50 and can only be bought at Skara Brae on the day of the tour.

• The Stand­ing Stones of Sten­ness

– Open all year, free en­try.

• The Ring of Brodgar – Open all year, free en­try. Un­stan Cham­bered Cairn, on Main­land, is also main­tained by His­toric Scot­land. It is open all year, and en­try is free.

The Tomb of the Ea­gles can be found on the is­land of South Ron­ald­say. Open­ing times vary across the year: in March, it is open from 10am to 12pm; from April to Septem­ber, 9.30am to 5.30pm; in Oc­to­ber, 9.30am to 12.30pm; and it is only open by ar­range­ment from Novem­ber to Fe­bru­ary. In 2016, an adult ticket cost £7.50.

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