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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Glasgow, Scotland
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178 reviews 178 reviews
68 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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136 reviews 136 reviews
39 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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211 reviews 211 reviews
129 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
34 helpful votes 34 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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391 reviews 391 reviews
248 attraction reviews
271 helpful votes 271 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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