"5000 year old Tomb, Artefacts" Tomb of the Eagles Tip by supercarys

Tomb of the Eagles, Orkney: 6 reviews and 10 photos

  Me entering the tomb
by supercarys

The Tomb of the Eagles is a tomb dated at around 3000 BC, named after the many eagle talons found amongst the burials. It was actually found and excavated by a farmer in the 1950's, who is still there and gives a talk in one of the ancient houses on site.

There is a Stone Age tomb, a Bronze Age house and you can look at all the Neolithic artefacts and handle some of them at a demonstration in the visitor's centre. You then walk out to the house for another talk, then on to the tomb for a self guided tour of it (it's not very big). You have to lie down on what is essentially a large skateboard and pull yourself into the tomb by a rope to get inside - it's very low and would be difficult to enter otherwise. Everything has been removed from the tomb and is on display in the visitor's centre but there are some plastic skulls in the tomb for show. It is very interesting and well worth the entry fee.

You have to walk a little way (about 5 minutes) to the tomb from the visitor's centre along a trail between two paddocks. You can also walk along the cliffs back to the visitors centre. Allow about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to see everything.

Adult 5.50
Concession 4.50
Children 13+ 3.00
Children 5 - 12 2.00
Under 5 free

March 10 am to 12 noon
April - October 9.30 am to 6pm
November - February by arrangement only

Address: Liddle, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
Directions: 30 minutes south from Kirkwall, 7 miles south of St Margaret's Hope on the A961
Phone: 01856 831 339
Website: http://www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 1, 2009
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