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Visit the dig

Visitors are welcome during the excavation season, although dates are not yet finalised for the 2017 season and are subject to funding, the dig is likely to be operational during most of July 2017.The site is open Sunday to Thursday and closed on Friday & Saturday. To get to the site please park at the car park for Midhowe chambered tomb: if you look along the coast to the left you will see the excavation.


Please walk down to Midhowe then turn left and walk along the shore, keeping to the seaward side of the stone dykes. This is a pleasant walk in itself, taking you past the remains of South Howe broch, Brough Farm, The Wirk, St Mary's Kirk and Skaill Farm, then past the Knowe of Rowigar and on towards Swandro. You can walk along the edge of the storm beach cast up by the Atlantic and there are many wild flowers along the way, together with a large seal colony along the shore and you may even see some otters!


The landowners at Swandro are extremely supportive of the excavation and we could not proceed without their willing cooperation. Please respect their land and livelihood and DO NOT take a shortcut across the fields, please walk along the shore and KEEP DOGS ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES due to grazing livestock.


If you can't visit us then we have some photos and also videos of past seasons and more information for you and you may also subscribe to our free email newsletter to keep you up-to-date with the dig.


Viking re-enactor at the 2016 Open Day

Keith, a Viking re-enactor at one of the Open Days at the 2016 Swandro dig - quick, someone buy him a pint!

Keith in his Viking regalia  at the Knowe of Swandro dig open day - he's really very friendly