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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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Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Visited on a windy but sunny day and had great fun exploring this site. Only one other family there with us too so we could let the kids run wild.

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Melbourne Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Remote and and stunning views looking out to the ocean Fabulous history gave us an insight into how they lived so long ago

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Orkney is simply magnificent! It ha so many archaeological sites that after a while you begin to take them for granted. It would be easy to miss the broch of Gurness as it is a bit off the main road but it is really worth a visit. It's sheer remoteness means that it is usually quiet and the site is... More

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Laclede, Missouri
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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Full access to the broch and surrounding structures make this a site unlike any other I have been to. Walking among the village you can truly get a feel for how compact their lives were. We were the last party admitted on that day due to high winds, so that is something you should take into account when planning your... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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243 reviews 243 reviews
142 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
89 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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