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Address: Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Fabulous walks in every direction.

The borough of birsay has so much to offer if you like a bracing walk. You can park easily and for 4 hours a day can access the brough via a causeway. We visited today and timed... read more

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The borough of birsay has so much to offer if you like a bracing walk. You can park easily and for 4 hours a day can access the brough via a causeway. We visited today and timed it well so we could walk over the causeway and up along the cliff edge where some puffins nest. The wind was bracing... More 

2 Thank davetlg
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We have moved to Orkney now, and took my sister and her husband to the Brough of Birsay in May 2016, as my sister particularly wanted to see puffins and that is a good time to see them. Well we all saw the puffins except for her! She had forgotten to tell us that she has such a fear of... More 

2 Thank Gill T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I love this place. Needing to wait for low tide adds to its magic. The shoreline is packed with rock pools, seaweed and plenty of interesting seabirds. Fulmars we're filling the cliffs in early April with whooper swans and seals in the nearby Birsay bay. There are also Groaty Buckie's to be found if you have eagle eyes! The Neolithic... More 

Thank Michelle M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

You can check the time of low tide at nearby cafés like the Birsay Bay tea room before embarking on a fun and quick walk with the sea on both sides (but quite safe) towards the islet where you can see some ancient sites and if time allows, walk to the lighthouse.

1 Thank GrisyGer
Stromness, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a wonderful place to visit on a sunny summer's day. It's only accessible on foot at low tide via a causeway. Once on the island there are 'geos' [rocky inlets here the tide has washed away softer rock and left hard rock 'fingers' sticking out into the sea]. At the right time of year it's also possible to... More 

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Thank Mark_A_Tennant
Portland, Oregon
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949 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Really slippery kind of clay walk when the tide is out. Which is the only time you can get across to the island. Not a long walk and really worth the effort to get the mud off your shoes. Beautiful view of the coastline and lighthouse and ancient settlement. Back at the parking lot are small shelters with fire pits... More 

Thank tiredandtravelled
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Check tides times before going, to avoid disappointment in crossing the causeway. A great place to explore the coast line of northern Orkney. Check out the tidal pools as the water retreats. Explore the archaelogical ruins & climb to the lighthouse with great views to the outer isles. Watch the seas birds flying along the sheer cliff edges & see... More 

1 Thank Karen M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The brough (I thought it was spelt Broch) of birsay is a delightful little island approached only when the tide allows it on a wee causeway. Home to a viking settlement, it's another jewell in Orkney's crown.

1 Thank Hymac_Seamus
Springfield, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This site is not so easy to reach as it is accessible only at low tide. 25 years ago, I walked over and was able to visit the fascinating buildings of this amazing Viking village. This time, I was not able to cross but could still enjoy it's majesty from the bank of the main island.

1 Thank Africafan2001
Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Walking across the inlet at low tide, arriving in the early mist and open-jawed at the mind-boggling life of nearly 5,000 years ago. The September greenery covering the hills protects this incredible piece of history. Well laid out for the public with the signage of the village and not a large location. Takes the coastal walk for the solitude you... More 

1 Thank Rick W

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