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 Mesolithic 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.
VISITOR CENTRE ACCESSABILITY
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.
- Talks, worksheets and displays are ideal for children
- Facilities are baby and toddler friendly
- Feeding and baby changing facilities
- Activities, toys and dressing-up available throughout the centre
- The sites are accessible for pushchairs, except in extreme wet conditions
- Picnic area - inside and out
- Possible for wheelchairs in dry conditions
- Dogs on leads are welcome on the walk and dog water bowls available
- Distance: 1 mile (1.5km) to the Tomb, Bronze Age site is half way.
- Walking surface: farm roads and grass path.
- The circular tour (walking) takes around 1 hour. There are a few strategically placed seats along the route.
- Permission for vehicular access to sites may be possible in special circumstances, depending on ground conditions.
- During inclement weather, some wet weather clothing and boots can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre.
ENTERING THE 'TOMB'
- The passageway into the Tomb is 28” (70 cm) wide and 33” (85 cm) high.
- The roof is 3 metres high with skylights providing light. The quickest/easiest option to enter the tomb is to crawl along the 3 metre passageway. 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.
It is with great regret that we announce the Tomb of the Eagles is to close permanently. Unfortunately, the practicalities of safely operating the unique hands-on visitor experience in the current climate have led us to this very hard decision.
As a family, we would like to thank everyone who has visited and been a part of the Tomb of the Eagles since Ronnie's discovery of the site in the summer of 1958.
THE CLIFF TOP WALK & WILD FLOWER TRAIL
The scenery and wild flowers along the cliff walk are impressive. This is a wonderful example of maritime heath (includes Grass of Parnassiss and Orchid) which is now rare in Britain. Wildlife can include a large variety of birds, the Common Blue Butterfly, common and grey seals and occasionally Orca.
For a relaxed visit, ideally allow 2 hours to enjoy the interpretation, and tour the sites.
- Guided tours in the Centre run continuously.
- Last tour begins 1 hour before closing time.
- Tours can often be adjusted to suit schedule or mobility.
- Please ask at reception on arrival.
Cars - no booking required
Coach parties - Booking preferred
Groups (10+) will receive a 10% discount (preferably paid as one transaction)
For special arrangements, coach bookings or general enquires, please use the enquiry form.
Visitors who are unable to access the sites assure us they get excellent value for money with the exceptional interpretation and hospitality available in the Visitor Centre.
THE GIFT SHOP
- Orkney books and postcards
- Great selection of gifts, many made here in Orkney
- The gift shop also offers a small selection of light refreshments: hot drinks - filter coffee, tea and chocolate treats, cold drinks, confectionery and Orkney ice cream.