A Scottish photographer has shared a snap of the “absolutely spectacular” neolithic Skara Brae settlement on Orkney, and it has a fascinating history dating back further than the Egyptian pyramids
By Alexander Smail
Jimmy Ireland shared this photo of the “absolutely spectacular” Skara Brae. The stone-built Neolithic settlement is located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of the largest island in the Orkney archipelago. The once-thriving village is said to be the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in the whole of Western Europe.
Skara Brae dates back to around 3000BC, making it older than Stonehenge and even the Egyptian pyramids. It is part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the years, a number of artefacts have been discovered at the site. These include gaming dice, hand tools, pottery and jewelery.
Other notable features of Skara Brae include stone hearths, beds, and cupboards. There is even a primitive drainage system that is thought to have carried waste to the ocean.
Taking to the Scotland from the Roadside Facebook group, Jimmy uploaded the stunning photo and wrote: “Words can’t describe how fantastically amazing this place is.
“It’s a must see, if it isn’t on your bucket list. Why not?”
He added: “The absolutely spectacular Neolithic Skara Brae is located in Skail Bay, Orkney. At over 5,000 years young it is older than the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, people lived at Skara Brae for over 600 years from 3100BC to 2500BC.
“In the distance Skail House, home to William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness whom following a storm in 1850 discovered what was and still is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of our time.”
Since being posted, the photo has hundreds of likes from fellow Facebook users. Dozens of people have also left comments sharing their thoughts on the “interesting” site.
One wrote: “Orkney in general is a great visit. You can’t throw a stick without hitting something ancient.”
“Such an interesting place to visit,” said a second, while a third commented: “Yes it is a great site to visit.”
Another shared: “Was on my bucket list, finally got to go there with my wife this year. The best birthday treat I’ve ever had.”
Jimmy runs a Facebook page called O Flower of Scotland, where he shares his “passion for Scotland, its history, and scenery”.