We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Share
Review Highlights
Puffintastic!

It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alan8080
,
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Puffins!

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
bethmaryclayton
,
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 262 reviews
306
All photos (306)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“low tide”(78 reviews)
“tide times”(30 reviews)
About
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Nov
Dec
Jan
Contact
Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
Website
+44 1856 841815
Call
Reviews (262)
Filter reviews
233 results
Traveller rating
171
53
9
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
171
53
9
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews low tide tide times viking settlement car park walk up rock pools the cliff be careful stunning views two hours on the rocks couple of hours unique site great walk by foot an adventure rabbit
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 233 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a well-preserved Norse ruin as you step onto the island. Walking along the cliff tops is something to behold. You may need a head for heights. The walk along...More

Thank Alan8080
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the island, which has a recreation of a Pictish stone that was found there and is now in a museum. The island itself is tidal, so make sure...More

Thank bethmaryclayton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, we missed the tide and were not to cross on the path over. Amazing cliffs and were able to zoom in to the island and see the Broch of Birsay, see the church and the lighthouse up on the hill. Looks like an amazing...More

Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Birsay was a Viking stronghold in the 1000’s. There is even speculation that it was home to Thorfinn Sigurdsson, the powerful Norse Earl of Orkney. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk rocks to see this archeology site. It is well-worth the effort. What...More

Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

As far as fortifications go, being on an island that can only be reached when there are certain tides was probably a very smart move. Neolithic, Viking & Medieval ruins here, kept pristine by the authorities (Historic Scotland?) are all pretty amazing. Very clear evidence...More

Thank pakabay
Reviewed 18 September 2018

All the tourist information will tell you about this, but to actually walk across a table own tide is so much fun and then take time to explore the little island. It is a great place to sit and watch the birds as they ride...More

Thank CathJ2010
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Cool morning air greeted us as we passed over the causeway, picking our way over rocks and white sand and up the slipway to the site. The vikings certainly knew a good place to live, following on from previous dwellers on this site. Sloping down...More

Thank maggielemay
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stay very friendly village great for the northern lights with uninterrupted views over the sea

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Wonderful place to visit. We met lots of like minded people searching for grottie buckies. Please plan your trip carefully following advice below and in visitor information centre. Yesterday we saw 4 young adults saunter down to the causeway about 2 hours after low tide...More

Thank Kierfea
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

The brough of birsay was one of the highlights of our trips to the Orkneys, it is well worth a visit. But make sure you check tide times as to when you can visit as there is a causeway to walk to get there!

1  Thank Robyn B
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Smithfield Hotel
121 reviews
5.72 miles away
Merkister Hotel
365 reviews
6.71 miles away
Woodwick House
67 reviews
9.58 miles away
Taversoe Hotel
67 reviews
10.18 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 nearby restaurants
Birsay Bay Tearoom
422 reviews
.75 miles away
Smithfield Hotel Restaurant
96 reviews
5.73 miles away
Eviedale Cafe & Bistro
50 reviews
7.84 miles away
Gerri's Ice Cream Parlour
67 reviews
10.92 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 6 nearby attractions
Barony Mill
92 reviews
.97 miles away
Kirbuster Museum
77 reviews
3.12 miles away
Earl's Palace
57 reviews
.53 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Serena F
18 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Carol C | Reviewed this property |
You can get bus timetables on the internet Try the Visit Orkney site
0
Votes
Madison H
29 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from sami_jith | Reviewed this property |
It's about half an hour by car. We went by car , so not sure about the buses. But had seen buses stopping in front of palace stores. It's a short walk from there. Palace stores also informs you about the tide timings
0
Votes
dbarbay
14 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from U8982CDkarenm | 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
2
Votes