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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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 can access the island & walk to the lighthouse if the tide is out & the causeway is clear. Goggle 'Orkney tide times' & look for Birsay Bay or Brough of Birsay. If the tide is in you can walk the coast either way & get great views to the island. Also don't miss the Earls Palace in Birsay Village & get refreshment at the Birsay Tearoom. Enjoy your trip