Ness of Brodgar Excavations 2016

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The preparations are now finalised for the start of the new season of excavations at the amazing Ness of Brodgar Neolithic complex.

Guided tours are available from 6th July until the 24th August 2016.

  • Monday to Friday 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays 11am and 3pm

The details for individual / family and group visits are below:

Individual visitors


On Saturdays and Sundays there will be no diggers to see, but there will still be free site tours at 11am and 3pm – again just turn up. 

Special Open Days will be held on Sunday 31st July and Sunday 21st August 2016, when the diggers will be on site and there will be demonstrations and activities for all the family. These will be publicised nearer the time. 

There is free car parking space at the dig on a grass field, please note vehicles are left at owners risk. The entrance to the dig field is very narrow and is NOT suitable for large vehicles such as camper vans – please park at the Standing Stones or Ring of Brodgar car parks and walk to the site. The walk through the World Heritage Site from either the Ring of Brodgar or Stones of Stenness is very pleasant and is recommended to anyone with the time. 

Please note there is no parking in any of the passing places on the Brodgar road and you must not park in any of these places – Police Scotland patrol the road regularly and may well issue you with a parking fine if you are found parked illegally!

Tour Group visits – more than 8 people 

For logistical & health & safety reasons, we regret we can’t take tour groups of more than 8 people on any of our regular public tours. Please don’t just turn up with a large group – we will have to turn you away. 

If you would like to visit with a tour group of more than 8 people you need to contact us well in advance by email    – click here to contact us  

We will do our best to help but it may not be possible to allow your group to visit depending on the availability of site staff, other booked groups etc.

Coach Parking

Please note that there is no parking for coaches or midi coaches at the Ness of Brodgar and coaches must not be left in the passing places on the Brodgar road.

We hope that with your help the 2017 excavation season will also be able to run for 8 weeks from Monday 3rd July until Friday 25th August 2017, but we do need your help to fund all our work.

Please visit our donations page for information on our fundraising goals and how with your help we will achieve them.Visitors are welcome during the dig season, but please note that it is not possible to visit or see the site outside of this period, as the site has to be covered to protect it from the Orkney weather.