Scotland’s ‘beautifully preserved’ UNESCO destination that tops ‘bucket lists’

The UNESCO World Heritage List recognises the world’s most incredible landmarks. Destinations have to have cultural, historical or scientific significance to qualify. 

Although the UK didn’t get any new destinations on this year’s list, there are 33 UNESCO sites in the UK. One of the most breathtaking is in Scotland. 

Skara Brae is a 5,000-year-old Neolithic settlement, which was perfectly preserved in a sand dune. The site wasn’t rediscovered until 1850. 

Located on the Orkney islands off Scotland’s northeastern coast, Skara Brae offers an incredible snapshot into British history. 

The prehistoric site is open for visitors every day but hours are shorter during the winter months.

TRAVEL: Skara Brae

Skara Brae welcomed over 111,000 visitors in 2018 and is one of Scotland’s top 10 sites. 

‘Valerie R’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “This was a bucket list item and very much worth it. The scenery is stunning.” 

’empathology’ wrote: “Even if you’re into ancient civilisations, this place is rich with history. A beautifully preserved Neolithic village with friendly helpful staff able to answer any question you might throw at them.”

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