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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Stuart, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
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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Top Contributor
346 reviews 346 reviews
135 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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324 reviews 324 reviews
170 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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145 reviews 145 reviews
84 attraction reviews
323 helpful votes 323 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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