5. Hidden Britain: The Tomb of the Eagles, Orkney
Doug Johnstone writes: Orkney is not lacking in ancient monuments and beautiful scenery but even so, there’s something special about the Tomb of the Eagles (pictured below).
Most of the island’s Neolithic sites are run by Historic Scotland but this place – down a bumpy farm track at the tip of the South Ronaldsay island – is owned and operated by the family of the farmer who found it in 1958. And what a find: a completely intact Stone Age tomb perched precariously on an outrageously picturesque cliff.
It’s full of bones and artefacts dating 5,000 years, all perfectly preserved. A very hands-on approach from the staff make it ideal for children and adults alike, and the whole place gives you a deep sense of the continuity of humanity over the millennia.