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Broch of Gurness

Evie, Mainland, Scotland
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Ranked #5 of 31 Attractions in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
Description: Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Such an insight into the lives of Pictish people, protected against seige and able to withstand incursions from many covetous invaders, resorting to these towers, sophisticated facilities and storage arrangements having been made within the brochs - of which this is a prime example - until at last overwhelmed and assimilated, after many centuries.

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traveling cat
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242 reviews 242 reviews
141 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

kind of hard to get a really good photo of the place. taking one from overhead would have been best but we couldn't arrange that. still, lovely site and great history. enjoyed it.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The remains of the old settlement are well preserved, so much so that you can still see the stones that would have 'hinged' the door on the main building. You are able to wander over the site at will but I do hope that visitors will take care and tread carefully to ensure that the current level of preservation is... More

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Marahau, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Small exhibition, and museum, gave thorough insight into life in the brough. Particularly liked being able to walk around the site and get into the stone dwellings.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

At the Northern end of Orkney, we found this sight fantastic to view. Car parking is not a problem, and once past the entrance you are free to wonder the sight and take in the atmosphere. You can really get a sense of how this civilisation lived.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I was surprised how much of the broch and village was still left to see. You can actually walk in and round it all, nothing was off limits. The cost was reasonable but would have liked to have seen more facilities available i.e. a cafe or drinks also more seating as the only available bench was always in use. The... More

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is great site with great views to the other islands. The fact that there are other buildings with the broch was different to others I have seen. Guy from Scottish heritage was a bit grumpy though. On the one hand he said go where ever you want and then told of my son for walking on a wall which... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was well suprised by this place. I did not expect anything but Broch of Gurness is amazing and breath taking place. You have freedom to explore and walk amongst the ancient stones. It is a little bit out of the way but really really worth visiting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a fabulous place to take the kids as they have the freedom to explore, unlike Maes Howe and Skara Brae. There is nowhere that is "off limits" making it so much more hands on for young ones. It is out of the way but well worth the trip - especially if the weather is good. We combined Gurness... More

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Dunkeld, Scotland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Orkney archaeological sites are inevitably crowded with bus tours etc in the middle of summer. Broch of Gurness seems not to be on the tour itineraries so it is possible to get more of the ancient atmosphere here. It is beautifully presented and there is plenty of unobtrusive information available. Fulmars inhabiting the cliffs below are an added attraction!

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