Visit The House of Arctic Explorer Dr John Rae #DoorsOpen

The John Rae Society will hold two Open Days on 18th and 19th September, from 10 am until 4pm each day.

Visitors will be able hear about the archaeological explorations of the area around the Hall of Clestrain where new discoveries were made last year which are causing some rethinking of the layout and previous use of these areas. There will be guides to talk you through these discoveries.

There will be free refreshments and a Marquee from which JRS will be selling merchandise of cards and books including the ‘in house’ researched and published The Hall of Clestrain: a Brief History.

There will be a plant stall and live music as well.

Access inside the Hall will not be possible because of COVID and also the drying out of the Hall prior to conservation has caused some of the timbers to shrink.

Members of the public are asked to observe social distancing during their visit, and whilst entry is free with no need to book, donations to the society will be most welcome.

Parking is available on the grass verges in front of the Hall to keep the farmyard clear –  feel free to bring a picnic!


See our website for more details of the dig #ScotlandDigs2021

Here’s a taster of what you can experience. It’s really worth a visit.

Click here more information about Orkney Doors Open Days

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