Broch of Gurness
Broch of Gurness
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Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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  • IestynapG
    London, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric early fort
    It's a fabulously preserved Iron Age Broch. the site guardian was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The location is wild and romantic - and we saw a hare in a nearby field! If you want to sample the varied historical monumnets on Orkney - then this Broch is a key part of your trip
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Ayrdiver
    Bowmore, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Today
    The information boards and artefacts in the visitor centre set the scene perfectly for you to walk around the site itself. It is easy to become immersed in the history of the site, the activities of those who lived there and the challenges they faced, but had the fortitude to build such an amazing structure!. To be able to walk into the ruins and step in the footsteps of history is a visceral feeling. Definitely recommend visiting Gurness!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • epemberton
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing
    We loved it here - so fascinating and quite a lot to explore. There's an entry fee but it's so worth it - we actually preferred it here to Skara Brae (plus there are a lot less people!). We took our dogs with us and they were made very welcome, they had a good fuss from the man in the visitor centre and we were able to take them with us to look at the small exhibition.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Struan101
    Dollar, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very atmospheric
    Actually better than Skara Brae, for two main reasons. Firstly it is less popular and the lack of hordes of people allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the place better. Secondly, you can actually walk within the ruins to give an occupant's eye view of the way they lived. Oh, and there was a beautiful and very friendly cat there the day we visited so that made it a six star attraction!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Laura M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An amazing site! There’s a lot to see. Go in the gift shop and read the history first. Then you can walk among the ruins at your own pace. Beautiful area around it too.
Written 13 May 2024
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Struan101
Dollar, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Actually better than Skara Brae, for two main reasons. Firstly it is less popular and the lack of hordes of people allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the place better. Secondly, you can actually walk within the ruins to give an occupant's eye view of the way they lived. Oh, and there was a beautiful and very friendly cat there the day we visited so that made it a six star attraction!
Written 20 September 2023
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epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved it here - so fascinating and quite a lot to explore. There's an entry fee but it's so worth it - we actually preferred it here to Skara Brae (plus there are a lot less people!). We took our dogs with us and they were made very welcome, they had a good fuss from the man in the visitor centre and we were able to take them with us to look at the small exhibition.
Written 16 September 2023
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Ayrdiver
Bowmore, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The information boards and artefacts in the visitor centre set the scene perfectly for you to walk around the site itself. It is easy to become immersed in the history of the site, the activities of those who lived there and the challenges they faced, but had the fortitude to build such an amazing structure!. To be able to walk into the ruins and step in the footsteps of history is a visceral feeling. Definitely recommend visiting Gurness!
Written 13 September 2023
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a wonderful prehistorical village situated in a lonely and remote spot on the coast of the main island.
there is an informative exhibition at the entrance and you are then free to wander around the site to your heart's content.
You do get a real insight into the live's of the people who lived there so many years ago.
Written 23 August 2023
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Fionnghal N
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
At the end of a narrow, windy road, this Neolithic site was one of our favourites in Orkney. You can wander into and around the structures (unlike at Skara Brae), and the Broch itself still has a lot of detail which is lost in many other brochs.
Written 24 July 2023
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Roger F
Gosport, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Good story boards around the site informing you about what each part was or was thought it might be. Worth looking over the edge to the sea. There were Eider ducks, Red Breasted mergansers and a Ringed Plover on the shore when we went.
Written 21 June 2023
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IestynapG
London, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It's a fabulously preserved Iron Age Broch. the site guardian was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The location is wild and romantic - and we saw a hare in a nearby field! If you want to sample the varied historical monumnets on Orkney - then this Broch is a key part of your trip
Written 14 June 2023
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jgbclyde
Glasgow, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It's a bit out of the way, but I would recommend visiting here rather than Skara Brae. Having been to both the broch of gurness has the advantage of being less busy, and here you're allowed into the broch and able to immerse yourself in the history.
ps. If you haven't been to Skara Brae, you need to go
Written 7 June 2023
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James H
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Come for the superb archaeology. Really be able to see how they lived (with a bit of imagination a guide or the guide book), or if that leaves you cold, just take in the views. A beautiful, fascinating and revealing place.

It provides a pathway of "progress" from the Neolithic sites nearby.

I've ticked 1-2 hours but I think we were there for three and even that seemed a little quick.
Written 3 June 2023
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