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“viking graffiti”(71 reviews)
“book in advance”(50 reviews)
“guided tour”(57 reviews)
Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encircled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years...more
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Ireland Rd, Stenness KW16 3LB, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Turned up on spec not realising you need to book on a tour. Were very lucky to get on a tour with just one other person. Short bus ride then a walk. They don't warn you there's a walk down a low passageway into the...More

Thank JeannieG59
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a pain to get into this. You can book tickets on line, which I did from the hotel, but you have to take the time that you can get. This takes a lot of time. You arrive at the visitor center, good tourist items...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In every sense of the phrase, one "steps into history" at Maeshowe. A guided tour here is truly a memorable experience. It is inconceivable to go to the Orkneys and not visit this site.

Thank David K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can only visit Maeshowe on a guided tour but I wouldn't have it any other way! You meet at the visitor centre (which has a well stocked little souvenir and book shop) and ride a bus to the site with your guide. Then you...More

Thank bethmaryclayton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our visit here, made all the more special by our tour guide, Robert. His knowledge is vast and his method of delivery was informative, entertaining and had the odd moment of drama thrown in. The site itself is shrouded in mystery and legend...More

Thank Ena-Bill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is so much history in Scotland. It is full of wonderful sights and people. Wish I was still there. Highly recommend a visit, simply gorgeous.

Thank EileenHurley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you get the chance to visit Maeshowe I really hope you have Phil as your guide, as we did. He is superb and his guided narrative, with a combination of fact, supposition, enthusiasm and knowledge was BRILLIANT. We particularly enjoyed his dry, Brummie humour......More

Thank Bryony M
Reviewed 1 October 2018

It can only be visited on organised tours, and , once you have been through the entrance, it is easy to understand why. It is almost a crawl for anyone over about five and a half feet. Without a tour, you would also miss the...More

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 1 October 2018

you must book ahead but its worth seeing. definitely. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. It was a little claustrophobic with so many stuffed inside but definitely worth seeing. I wouldn't miss it f you are into neolithic and or Viking history

Thank Doreen J
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This tour lasted an hour and you MUST book ahead. 25 of us were crammed in. The tour guide was extremely funny and highly knowledgeable. The most interesting part may have been the viking graffiti. I love the part about "when men were men..."

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Anna C
15 April 2017|
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Response from cjdwan08 | Reviewed this property |
The pier workers were able to call a taxi for me so that shouldn't be an issue. The taxi would need to take you to Skara Brae as that is where tours of Maeshowe are booked (Skara Brae is also EXTREMELY worth seeing). The... More
20 March 2017|
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
You will have to get in touch with Orkney Tourist Board in Kirkwall. I don't have the answer to your questions as I drive myself around the mainland! Good luck and have a great trip !!
duncan m
20 February 2017|
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in my dotage traffic light may be the answer