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Brough Of Birsay

Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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My favourite place in Orkney

Myself and my family found ourselves going to this place every evening of our stay...kids loved to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sami_jith
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Vellore, India
Bring walking sticks

This journey is so very worth it but it is very slick. Walking sticks would have helped us a lot... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BoleynMom
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Longmont, Colorado
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
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“low tide” (77 reviews)
“walk up” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
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+44 1856 841815
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"viking settlement"
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"car park"
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"be careful"
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"stunning views"
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"rock pools"
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"two hours"
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"the cliff"
in 16 reviews
"check tide times"
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"rabbit"
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"bird life"
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"great walk"
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"skara brae"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my family found ourselves going to this place every evening of our stay...kids loved to play in the beech, collect stones to make stacks, spent hours searching for the perfect shells .. Walking across the causeway with the anticipation of tide returning felt...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This journey is so very worth it but it is very slick. Walking sticks would have helped us a lot. The Norse and Pict ruins are worth the trek. So much history here. Be sure to go at low tide.

Thank BoleynMom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an island with a tidal causeway, once inhabited by Picts, then Viking lords,then Christian monks. Excavations are fascinating. The Vikings had a sauna and a steam room! Nice place to walk around and look at sea birds, wildflowers and a lighthouse. Seals in...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Had a swim here in the rock pools!! Watch out for the many seals who were resting on the nearby rocks and were very curious. Lovely walk to the Brough when the tide is low. There is a chargeable visitor centre for the Nordic site...More

1  Thank James C
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

You have to plan your trip for low tide as the causeway is submerged otherwise. A lovely beach, a Viking settlement with ruined church, and some marvellous views. Totally free; let's hope it stays that way.

2  Thank Guinnog
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

The upper north west point of the msin island lies the Brough if Birsay. Go at low tide and make the short walk across the brough onto Birsay where there is an ancient settlemrnt and a good walk up to the lighthouse. Do wear warm...More

1  Thank Tania A
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Great photos, nice walk, refreshing.Do check the tides tining at the local shop.It might be of great help ;) Otherwise, embrace the weather and enjoy the views and history!

Thank TheRamblingOne
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Having grown up in Orkney, it's fairly ridiculous that I only made it out to the brough for the first time this year. However I totally recommend it, and we always bring visitors here who end up loving it too. As well as the Viking...More

Thank clarissal
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

A great sand and stone beach with reasonable parking gives a great view of the island where the well marked old ruins can be explored. Must be sure footed on the causeway due to some slippery areas and a larger rock beach on the other...More

1  Thank Louis M
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

I've covered countless miles of Scotland, and 4 days was no way near enough time in the Orkneys. Taking the drive to Birsay proved well worth the time. Be sure to make it there with plenty of low tide time and check out St Magnus...More

1  Thank RootlessRoutes
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dbarbay
15 March 2017|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
The Brough of Birsay (the small island) is open all year, however, access is limited by the tide & the weather. There is a small Historic Scotland information unit - it is this that is closed except for summer months. You... More
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