It is Europe's most complete Neolithic village and consists of eight houses that were lived in from about 3180 BCE–2500 BCE, which makes it older than Stonehenge. Skara Brae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been called the "Scottish Pompeii" because of its excellent preservation. I've been eager to see Skara Brae ever since I heard Scottish historian Neil Oliver wax lyrical about it on the BBC documentary A History of Ancient Britain.
Although Skara Brae was one of the first places I went to on my holiday on Orkney this week, I've been a bit slow getting the photos off my camera and blogging about it - that's partly because it is hard to put into words how amazing the place really is. In fact, I think I'll simply recommend looking at my photos and then reading up about it yourself by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post - or, better still, coming to Orkney to see it yourself.
Links and previous posts
A History of Ancient Britain - Series 1 [DVD]