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
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.
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.
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.
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 1½ - 2 hours to enjoy the interpretation and tour the sites.
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.