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Review of Broch of Gurness

Broch of Gurness
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Evie
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Owner description: Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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 2,000 years later than the Neolithic remains on Orkney, it holds many mysteries. It is located along a narrow road which skirts the sea for almost two miles & on the day we visited it was very windy, so warm clothing is recommended.

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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 prefer it. One big advantage is that you can walk all in and around it.
Throughly recommend this site.

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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 longer than we'd intended exploring it.

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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.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is later than Skara Brae at around a mere 2000 years old. What will strike you most is the thickness of the wall of the main redoubt in the centre. It's around 5m think with tunnels inside. Plenty to muse on here and you get a good sense of the size of the rooms etc. Take note of ancient flour grinder thingy.

Thank pyrasanth
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