Notes for Tour Groups

Visitors arrive at the Ness of Brodgar excavation site.

Tour groups

  • We ask that tour guides don’t add their clients on to the official site tours. Instead, operators should guide their own groups. There are information boards around the site.
  • Tours of the excavation site are free if you guide your groups yourself, but please ask your guests to consider a donation – we depend hugely on visitor support. It makes up 80 per cent of our funding. In addition, please encourage your guests to buy the guidebook.
  • There is no need to book tour slots for groups of less than eight people – just turn up on site, but please follow the parking guidelines.
  • Larger groups (8-15 people) during the excavation season should book a slot at least 48 hours in advance with site director Nick Card ( This is so we can avoid clashes with other tours and try and avoid the official site tour slots.
  • Coach tours or groups of more than 15 need to be booked well in advance with site director Nick Card (
  • Coaches cannot be accommodated on site and coaches or minibuses must not park in the passing places.
  • Tour guides are responsible for ensuring their clients maintain social distancing.
  • Please check the site opening times – it is not open all day, every day and in bad weather may close at very short notice.
  • There is no entry to the excavation if the main gates are closed and there is no staff on site.
  • Please do not drop passengers off at the site entrance – the road is busy and potentially dangerous.
  • For out-of-hours tours, or a guided tour with site director Nick Card (if he is available), we ask for a minimum donation to dig funds of £200 or £10 per head, whichever is the larger. Contact for more details.