Bay of Skaill

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available SSSI Dog friendly Good water quality for swimming

Season: winter

The Bay of Skaill is an iconic Orkney beach, not least due to the presence at its southern tip of Skara Brae, the remarkably well preserved Neolithic village, which was inhabited 5,000 years ago.  The beach itself arcs pleasingly, facing the Atlantic and its long sets of waves.  In its own right, this is a favoured visitor attraction for all the family.  The south side of the bay also features Hole o’ Rowe, a sea arch through which the sea erupts on a stormy day.  One further attraction is the 1620 mansion, Skaill House.

Winter visit photo gallery

 

Mary the Monument Manager at neolithic Skara Brae, by the beach at Skail Bay.

 

The scene at Skail Bay on a winter afternoon.

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