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Broch of Gurness

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Address: Evie, Scotland
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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A sense of history and a beautiful setting

Don't miss this, one of the best preserved brochs in Orkney. First inhabited in 1st C BC it was subsequently occupied by Picts and Vikings. There is a massive central round... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Southampton
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Southampton
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222 reviews 222 reviews
84 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this, one of the best preserved brochs in Orkney. First inhabited in 1st C BC it was subsequently occupied by Picts and Vikings. There is a massive central round building with very thick stone walls through which passageways ran, and around which were passages leading to other dwellings. After paying for your visit go right to the end... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It was late when we got there and there was no one else around so we could just wander about and take in the atmosphere. What an amazing place and a must see.

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Pontypridd
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Must see if you have the time, the size is astonishing. Unlike Scara Brae you can walk all over this site. The location is stunning and allows you to imagine how it fitted in the ancient landscape linked with others of the similar age. Small display in ticket office well worth viewing

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Plano, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This was one of several sites I chose to visit as part of a private tour by Orkney Aspects and it was everything I could have wanted and more! We had the site to ourselves and were able to walk inside and all around the ruins. The surrounding vistas were gorgeous and we absolutely lucked out with beautiful weather. This... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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187 reviews 187 reviews
69 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This site is not as impressive as Skara Brae, but still well worth a visit. It is a bit of a drive, but the bonuses are that fewer people visit and, unlike Skara Brae, the site is not roped off so you can wander around the whole area and really get a feel for what living there 5000 years ago... More 

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Scotland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Another must see on Orkney. Very helpful chap in the visitors centre. Very open site and you can walk everywhere

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Brisbane, Australia
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308 reviews 308 reviews
212 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is another must see on orkney. A tour is essential as there is just ao much to see and even more history to take in. I loved the site particularly when the local guide unpicked the archeology. I just keep saying it. Not to be missed.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The brochs are new compared to the Neolithic tombs and houses of Orkney but they are still pretty old. As far as I could tell from Wikipedia, we still don't really know what they were. They might have been forts or lookout towers or cult centers. At Gurness you can walk about and see what looks like the ruins of... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

This was the first stop on our private tour with Peedie Tours. We arrived before the site opened and had a chance to wander the beach. When it did open, we had the place to ourselves. It was wonderful. I enjoyed this site more than Skara Brae.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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248 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A bit of the road but worth a stop if you passing by. There is an entrance fee, but when I visited, there were no one around to collect and the gate was open. Worth a short visit.

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