Visit the Dig

Dig and Tour Dates 2018

The Ness is a working archaeological excavation, in a field. Be prepared for bumpy ground and areas where it’s not safe for you to go.

Please keep to indicated routes and stay away from the edges of the digging areas.

When to visit

(Site tours are free and there is no need to book)

Open Days

Sunday, July 15, and Sunday, August 19, 2018, 11am to 4pm. Archaeology in action at the Ness and at Stenness Community School. Lots of hands-on for all ages. Orkney home baking and much more in the café at the school too. A must-visit element of Orkney’s summer season.


If it’s a bad-weather day, we might not dig—heavy rain is bad for archaeology, and wet and slippy sites dangerous for archaeologists and visitors.


  • Free – at your own risk. The site entrance is tight and tricky.
  • Larger vehicles, such as camper vans,  will find it difficult to access the site, so it is much better to park at either the Stones of Stenness or the Ring of Brodgar and walk to the Ness.


Passing Places

The passing places at the side of the road are solely for letting other vehicles through and not at all, ever, for parking.


Orkney Archaeology Society has a shop on site which raises funds for both the Ness of Brodgar and the Society, which then goes out in grants to other Orkney archaeological work. Buy the Ness guidebook, great postcards, Ness of Brodgar jewellery and more, knowing that the Ness and Orkney’s other amazing archaeology will benefit directly from your visit. Sterling and Mastercard, Visa, Maestro and Amex accepted.

Sponsor a Square

For a £10 donation, choose a square from the site and we’ll send you a newsletter once this year’s digging is over, letting you know if anything special has been found in your square.

The Rest of the Year

This is the Ness when we’ve packed up and gone back indoors.

The site is shut apart from July and August, protected from Orkney’s potentially damaging weather. There is no access to the Ness when we’re off-site but click here to find out lots about the Ness.