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Broch of Gurness

Evie, Mainland, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 27 attractions in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
Description: Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This broch is interesting and well preserved, although not as well presented as Skara Brae. There are no toilets, and it is advisable to go on a reasonably fine day as the site is quite exposed. Well worth a visit, and you can get in the broch itself. There is an entrance fee, and if you are visiting a few... More

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Dervaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This Broch and the surrounding buildings are very well preserved and are on a stunning defensive coastal site. As seasoned Broch-hunters, we felt that this is one of the most impressive that we have seen. Give yourself at least an hour to take it all in. We went out of season and had the whole place to ourselves. We were... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I visited the Broch of Gurness after my freind recommended it to me. It is a bit of a journey to get there and there are no toilets. However I have to say this iron age fort sits imposingly overlooking the sea. Very exposed to the elements, but unlike skara brae you can get inside the broch and take shelter.... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A Stone Age village, by the sea. No charge and you can walk through the remains. There was an information shack but it was closed when we visited, however the signage in and around the village was very helpful.

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N Devon
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Curiously I thought the standards of construction, etc were not as advanced as Scara Brae but there we are. Well worth a visit though.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Fascinating visit to this amazing site. we went midweek and had the place to ourselves. Packed full of atmostphere and well worth a visit

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Seattle, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

So we arrived in Oct. and the staff is gone and the building shut up for the season. No cost but no informational displays. We did know this was a later site than Skara Brae and so we could pick up on some of the same construction, the beds, hearth, live wells etc. You do get to walk right amongst... More

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Hesperus, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Beautifully preserved archaeological site, one of many on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. This one is a bit less obvious than Skara Brae and Maeshowe, but well worthwhile including in a tour.

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited the Broch on an "Orkney Adventure" tour with Scottish tours. This is an great tour for anyone interested in ancient history and Robbie , our guide, was beyond excellent. Arriving just as the Orkney weather came in on us the ruins took on a different aspect as they provided protection from the gale but unfortunately not the rain.... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Although we had a prepaid ticket we arrived between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm when there was no-one to take it as they were at lunch. Very interesting. Orkney is full of neolithic ruins but this is a bit more modern and quite a lot of it left so you can see the shape of things.

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