Visitor Information

 

VISITOR CENTRE VIRTUAL TOUR:

This virtual tour gives you a feel for the scale and content of the displays at the Tomb of the Eagles Visitor Centre. When you visit these are enhanced by talks telling the story of the Stone Age and Bronze Age sites and how they were excavated. Unique among archaeological sites in Orkney, visitors can actually handle some of the 5,000 year old artefacts found in the tomb.

 

 

VISITING US IN ORKNEY - A UNIQUE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

 

VISITOR CENTRE

The Visitor Centre and displays are accessible to all. There is a dedicated Parking area adjacent to the Centre, which has ramp access and hand rails.

 

  • Level flooring throughout.
  • A few seats are available in all areas.
  • Spacious, well-equipped toilet facilities, wheelchair friendly.
  • Hearing loop.
  • 'Hands on' tour is ideal for people with visual or hearing impairment.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

The walk to the sites (1 mile - 1.5km to the Stone Age tomb; the Bronze Age site is around half way) is on a farm road and grass paths. Some wet weather clothing and boots can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre.

 

  • Permission for vehicle access to sites may be possible in special circumstances, depending on ground conditions.
  • Dogs on leads are welcome.

 

With the extra interpretation and hospitality supplied in the Centre, visitors who are unable to access the sites assure us they nevertheless have a most enjoyable experience.

 

GIFT SHOP

  • Orkney books and postcards.
  • Great selection of gifts, many made here in Orkney.
  • The gift shop offers a small selection of light refreshments: hot drinks - filter coffee, tea and chocolate treats, cold drinks, confectionery and Orkney ice cream.

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY

  • Talks and displays are ideal for children.
  • Facilities are baby and toddler friendly.
  • Feeding and baby changing facilities are provided.
  • Toy boxes in all areas.
  • The sites are accessible to pushchairs, except in extreme wet conditions.
  • Picnic area.
 

ENTERING THE 'TOMB'

The passageway into the Tomb is 28" (70 cm) wide and 33" (85 cm) high. The quickest option is to crawl along the 3 metre entrance. The roof is 3 metres high with skylights providing light.

 

Alternatively, many visitors have a great time using the ingenious trolley! For anyone with a fear of enclosed spaces, the trick is to reverse in whilst keeping your eye on the horizon.

 

THE CLIFF TOP WALK & WILD FLOWERS

The scenery and wild flowers along the cliff walk are impressive. This is a wonderful example of maritime heath, which is now rare in Britain. Other wildlife can include butterflies, a large variety of birds as well as common and grey seals. The circular tour (walking) takes around 1 hour. There are a few seats along the route.

 

For a relaxed visit, allow 1 - 2 hours to enjoy the interpretation and tour the sites.

 

TOURS

Tours can often be adjusted to suit schedule or mobility. Please ask at reception on arrival.

 

Coach parties / Groups (10+) will receive a 10% discount.

 

For special arrangements, coach bookings or general enquiries, please use the enquiry form.

 

 

2016 ADMISSION:

Adults £7.50
Concession: £6.50
Children: 13+ years £3.50
5 -12 years £2.50
Under 5 years free

 

OPENING TIMES:

March 10 am - 12 noon
Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
October 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Nov - Feb by arrangement.
Last tour 1 hour before closing time.

 

The gift shop offers a small selection of light refreshments: hot drinks - filter coffee, tea and chocolate treats, cold drinks, confectionery and Orkney ice cream.