The 5,000 year old village of Skara Brae on the West Mainland, Orkney.

The 15 best prehistoric sites you can visit around Scotland

Headlines were made this week after it was announced that prehistoric animal carvings have been discovered in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll.

The deer carvings, the first clear examples of their kind from the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age in the UK, are a fresh reminder of just how long Scotland has been inhabited.

Evidence of early human habitation can be found all over the country.

From the remote isles of the north to the rolling hills of the Lowlands, Scotland has an abundance of Neolithic sites you can visit.

All of them predate the founding of the nation, and some of them were even constructed before the pyramids.

Peter Irvine, author of travel guide Scotland the Best, takes a look at 15 of the best prehistoric sites to visit in Scotland.

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