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Brough Of Birsay

Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Wow What a Walk

There are steep steps down to the beach ,or as I did walk down a slip way for boats, this is easy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol C
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Prescot, United Kingdom
Stunning historical location

In good weather this location is beautiful with great views of Atlantic breakers crashing in on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard E
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  • Average3%
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“low tide” (78 reviews)
“walk up” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
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+44 1856 841815
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"viking settlement"
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"car park"
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"be careful"
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"rock pools"
in 11 reviews
"stunning views"
in 14 reviews
"the cliff"
in 18 reviews
"two hours"
in 8 reviews
"check tide times"
in 8 reviews
"great walk"
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"by foot"
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"rabbit"
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"couple of hours"
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"atlantic ocean"
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"bird life"
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"skara brae"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are steep steps down to the beach ,or as I did walk down a slip way for boats, this is easy as people had prams on the beach. The first part of the short walk is on a concrete walkway, then across a stoney...More

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In good weather this location is beautiful with great views of Atlantic breakers crashing in on the cliffs and rocks; of green and turquoise seas and white spray; of curving waves progressing inwards through Birsay bay. The ruins of the church and Viking settlement are...More

Thank Richard E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...and if there is high tide, you cannot reach the other side. However, we were there on the evening of a bright day and it was well worth the visit, even without going to the island itself

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The site itself is interesting, but was not as engaging for my kids as the cliff views, bird watching and exploring the rocks near the sea on the walk across from the parking lot. It is an impressive location.

Thank Annette_and_Wes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pleasant place to spend a while in good weather. It's a tidal island so it's wise to go to the tourist office or the local café to find out when it will be high tide. That said it's OK to sit in the car park...More

Thank BrianArmagh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Brough of Birsay, easy to get to by foot usually 2 hours after and 2 hours before high tide so check to be safe. Car parking I guess could be a little tight at peak times. Such a worthwhile site to visit and ponder...More

Thank Cedric H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving at the right state of the tide is vital otherwise you cannot get across to the island. Once over the fascinating remnants of other lives remain to marvel at. At the top of the island the cliffs are home to sea birds. We accidentally...More

Thank Glynis98
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Myself and my family found ourselves going to this place every evening of our stay...kids loved to play in the beech, collect stones to make stacks, spent hours searching for the perfect shells .. Walking across the causeway with the anticipation of tide returning felt...More

Thank sami_jith
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

This journey is so very worth it but it is very slick. Walking sticks would have helped us a lot. The Norse and Pict ruins are worth the trek. So much history here. Be sure to go at low tide.

Thank BoleynMom
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

This is an island with a tidal causeway, once inhabited by Picts, then Viking lords,then Christian monks. Excavations are fascinating. The Vikings had a sauna and a steam room! Nice place to walk around and look at sea birds, wildflowers and a lighthouse. Seals in...More

Thank Stretchosaurus
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dbarbay
14 March 2017|
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Response from Karen M | 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
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