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It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a well-preserved Norse ruin as you step onto the island. Walking along the cliff tops is something to behold. You may need a head for heights. The walk along...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the island, which has a recreation of a Pictish stone that was found there and is now in a museum. The island itself is tidal, so make sure...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

Unfortunately, we missed the tide and were not to cross on the path over. Amazing cliffs and were able to zoom in to the island and see the Broch of Birsay, see the church and the lighthouse up on the hill. Looks like an amazing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Birsay was a Viking stronghold in the 1000’s. There is even speculation that it was home to Thorfinn Sigurdsson, the powerful Norse Earl of Orkney. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk rocks to see this archeology site. It is well-worth the effort. What...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

As far as fortifications go, being on an island that can only be reached when there are certain tides was probably a very smart move. Neolithic, Viking & Medieval ruins here, kept pristine by the authorities (Historic Scotland?) are all pretty amazing. Very clear evidence...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pakabay
Reviewed 18 September 2018

All the tourist information will tell you about this, but to actually walk across a table own tide is so much fun and then take time to explore the little island. It is a great place to sit and watch the birds as they ride...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CathJ2010
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Cool morning air greeted us as we passed over the causeway, picking our way over rocks and white sand and up the slipway to the site. The vikings certainly knew a good place to live, following on from previous dwellers on this site. Sloping down...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank maggielemay
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stay very friendly village great for the northern lights with uninterrupted views over the sea

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank D8318ZUdaveb
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Wonderful place to visit. We met lots of like minded people searching for grottie buckies. Please plan your trip carefully following advice below and in visitor information centre. Yesterday we saw 4 young adults saunter down to the causeway about 2 hours after low tide...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kierfea
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

The brough of birsay was one of the highlights of our trips to the Orkneys, it is well worth a visit. But make sure you check tide times as to when you can visit as there is a causeway to walk to get there!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Serena F
18 August 2018|
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Response from Carol C | Reviewed this property |
You can get bus timetables on the internet Try the Visit Orkney site
29 July 2018|
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Response from sami_jith | Reviewed this property |
It's about half an hour by car. We went by car , so not sure about the buses. But had seen buses stopping in front of palace stores. It's a short walk from there. Palace stores also informs you about the tide timings
14 March 2017|
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Response from U8982CDkarenm | 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