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Broch of Gurness

Evie, Scotland
+44 1856 751414
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Worth a detour

This is one of the sights You should visit on the Orkneys in my view. Well preserved and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ursus_Polaris
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Trondheim, Norway
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Loved it

Even on a dreich rainy day, this was an interesting and thought-inspiring visit. Unlike most... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Guinnog
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“iron age” (27 reviews)
“skara brae” (61 reviews)
“explorer pass” (6 reviews)
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Evie, Scotland
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+44 1856 751414
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"iron age"
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"skara brae"
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"explorer pass"
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"wonderful location"
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"wander freely"
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"ticket office"
in 7 reviews
"well worth a visit"
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"walk around"
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"historic scotland"
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"small display"
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"sunny day"
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"orkney mainland"
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"fascinating site"
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"entrance fee"
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"other islands"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the sights You should visit on the Orkneys in my view. Well preserved and interesting to see the surrounding village. The visitor centre was OK with a knowledgeable employee. Å place to see if on the Orkneys.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Even on a dreich rainy day, this was an interesting and thought-inspiring visit. Unlike most brochs, this one had a village built around it. The visitor centre was proportionate and the guy working in it was knowledgeable and friendly.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We visited this site on a couple of evenings - very atmospheric ....interesting and just a lovely spot!

Thank Julia G
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here, we had a personal tour from a cat that led us around the ruins to the centre of the Broch then proceeded to ignore us once he'd done his job... like many sites on the Orkney Islands it's easy...More

1  Thank fenny89
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

You can just imagine the village full of people milling around all those years ago. There are some very interesting buildings and what looks like bowls made of stone lying around. It's not as old as Skara Brae and also a bit out of the...More

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Looking on the other island this Broch makes sense. Behind is the hills of the birds. A small beach is accessible on the way.

1  Thank rv15243
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a Historic Scotland site so has an entrance fee for non-members. It is an Iron Age settlement arranged around an extremely well-preserved broch, a round tower which is unique to Scotland. It was obviously a well-defended place of power but despite being almost...More

Thank 44AlanS
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Great spot for history and nature. The stretch of water between here and the two nearby islands looks treacherous but the duck, birds and seals were happy! The broch itself is far less popular than the SB on the west of the isltbut personally we...More

Thank Sockknitter5
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Be careful getting here! We chose the shortest route along what turned out to be a very poor farm road - we came back on the longer "main" road. Well worth it though. A beautifully restored Iron Age settlement in a wonderful location. Spent far...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We only had a quick visit here but it was amazingly preserved. I would have loved to have spent more time here to explore more.

Thank edwmagee
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I believe it to be 01856 751414. If phoning from abroad 0044 1856 751414.
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