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Broch of Gurness

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Description: Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from...
Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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Surprisingly complete, lovely location

This was a surprising gem on Orkney, the main central structure is surprisingly complete - even some surviving stairs built into the structure. I was impressed by the ingenuity of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a surprising gem on Orkney, the main central structure is surprisingly complete - even some surviving stairs built into the structure. I was impressed by the ingenuity of those who lived here and the many ways they used one of the only materials available to them - stone - to create doorways, storage units, hearths. It's a significant... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Well preserved, easy to find. Forms part of the Historic Scotland Explorer ticket - not sure we would have visited otherwise, but glad that we did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great location, huge well preserved site. Well worth a visit and a long wander around. A highlight of our Orkney trip. The broch is a different structure to virtually anything else, just a wonderful place.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Not well signposted but worth the effort to find this site. Fascinating look at life thousands of years ago.

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Kingston, NJ USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place is so complete. You can really get up close and personal with history here. Definitely worth the drive. It's also in a beautiful setting (what place in the Orkneys isn't?).

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very good information boards. Grounds are well kept. Beautiful views...we visited on a sunny day so it was especially nice .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

... a noticable example of a broch. Well signposted from the mainroad to the site itself. Average fee of around 5£. we thought it worth the money.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What I really liked was being able to walk amongst the remains, nothing is fenced off. It was easy to visualise people living here and to see why, centuries later, the Vikings used the site for burials. ul

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Rehovot, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

There are many brochs (remains of ancient circular stone structures) in Scotland, but only the ones in Orkney sometimes have villages built around them. This is one of the best preserved ones, and you're allowed to walk among the ruins and enter the brochs and see the layout / "furniture" they used. Very nice, great for kids as well, who... More 

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Whangarei, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a great example of an Iron Age settlement that are unique to northern Scotland. There are over 500 brochs, spread throughout the northern and western Highlands and the northern islands. They usually consisted of a tall circular tower standing alone, but in Orkney they were generally surrounded by large villages. The broch village at Gurness is one of... More 

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