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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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Mysterious and scenic

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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236 attraction reviews
261 helpful votes 261 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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Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
145 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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93 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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