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Brough Of Birsay

Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Reviewed yesterday

If you're into lighthouses, seascapes and beautiful scenery, this is the place to visit. I spent three hours in the car park overlooking the wee tidal island as the tide came in back over the path that I'd just walked across in order to see...More

Thank amost
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely walk on the causeway, views of hills, birds and sea. Also some medieval remains. My only gripe was that we had to pay £6 to see the medieval ruins which I felt was on the high side but the whole place was beautiful. The...More

Thank jackielton
Reviewed 4 days ago

my first view of puffins after walking all around the island, probably because of the time of day, though I think it was 2 that were ready to leave the nest. Also saw sea gulls nesting and another bird that was black with a white...More

Thank world-gypsy-gal
Reviewed 4 days ago

Whereas the site itself is very interesting what really makes this a great day out is it's setting. The brought has and the remains of an earlier monastery and extensive Viking dwellings. Access to the site itself is via a causeway that is only accessible...More

Thank Morven T
Reviewed 4 days ago

was a lovely day to visit- we arrived just as the tide had receded & the site was opening for the day. so pretty there & an interesting coastline to- has an interesting stone with pictish markings on it. You can also walk up to...More

Thank Arramattic
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Brough of Birsay is accessed via a causeway for up to two hours either side of low tide. We got there (at 9.30am) about half an hour before the path was cut off. We went across and looked at the ruins of a Viking...More

Thank HarperJane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here with a group specifically to visit the lighthouse. Our tour guides had checked tide times and got us there when causeway was just cleared so we had maximum time on the island. If you go, it is important you are aware of...More

Thank SwordMaiden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at the Brough just as the rain that had persisted through the day stopped and the sun came out. A short walk across the causeway (check the tide times before you go over) and then a wander up to the lighthouse. Once there we...More

Thank Donald F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only accessible by causeway twice a day at low tide, this mini island is a fantastic site for wildlife including puffins and orcas and minke whales. Unique lighthouse at the summit. Can be muddy and slippery. At points is very steep

Thank IndraJoyce
Reviewed 1 week ago

a good place to see loads of wild birds puffins at the right time of year june july ,have to watch for the tide coming in you will get stuck but only for a few hours no need to panic just be patient and it...More

Thank icemang101
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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