Ever wondered what Scotland’s answer to Stonehenge might look like? You’ll find out at the start of this tour with a drive past the Ring of Brodgar – a circle of huge stone slabs that date back around 5,000 years. However, the prehistoric village of Skara Brae is our first stop of the day. This place was only discovered after a fierce storm in the 1800s. It dates back to the Stone Age, making it older than the Great Pyramids, and it’s been dubbed the Scottish Pompeii because it’s so well preserved. Wandering through the crumbling houses is like stumbling on to a film set – you can even see the stone cupboards, dressers and storage boxes the villagers fashioned thousands of years ago. And in some of the houses, there’s evidence of a primitive toilet. Down the road from Skara Brae is Skaill House, which is set in a spot between the Loch of Skaill and the sea. There’ll be time to look around this 16th-century mansion, which is home to artefacts from the prehistoric village.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.