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Broch of Gurness

Evie, Mainland, Scotland
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Ranked #4 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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Dunkeld, Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Stuart, Florida
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The ruins are in a beautiful location and we are fortunate this is still here to admire. Small visitor center with interesting exhibits and few books for sale, etc. Worth a stop.

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Kent
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340 reviews 340 reviews
132 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A Broch is a Pictish/Norse fortified house, sometimes on its own, here with a village (just a lot of stones and slabs) built in 6th century. Lovely location.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is just great. A really impressive broch, huge and well preserved. I loved the fact that we were allowed, unlike in other sites, total freedom to go anywhere in and around the broch. So atmospheric.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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164 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A very fine Iron Age Ruin. Location is spectacular on a clear and sunny day - Great views of the coast from the site. Interesting small visitor center on site.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lovely location, fascinating place full of history, plus lots of wildlife on the Eynhallow Sound. One of our favourite places

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What was exciting about this site was the size of it, I could imagine all the people living there in close proximity to each other. Very peaceful in a lovely setting I was so pleased that I'd visited this site, I would have liked to have visited Midhowe Broch but though not far away it was on the Isle of... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

One of many fascinating archaeological sites on the Orkney Mainland. While it is obviously a ruin compared to what it must have been like when it was in use, it is easy to imagine what life much have been like for the inhabitants.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

An amazing site in a stunning location. We visited on a lovely sunny day and the Broch was very impressive. The information available on the site was very good. The site was pleasantly quiet after the bus groups we encountered at neighbouring Skara Brae!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited many Neolithic sites whilst on Orkney, and the Broch of Gurness was one of my favorites. We had an amazing time exploring this ancient place and imagining the people who created it.

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