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Address: Evie, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856751414
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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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Fascinating site

Visited the Broch of Gurness on a fine mild day in the Orkney autumn. Fascinating site, located close the shore of the loch, you are free to wander as you wish. History brought... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Visited the Broch of Gurness on a fine mild day in the Orkney autumn. Fascinating site, located close the shore of the loch, you are free to wander as you wish. History brought to the fore here.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We had no idea what we were in for when we decided to go here. I thought it would be similar to other ones we had been to but the preservation was amazing and the site is HUGE. We moved carefully throughout the site and were glad most of it was accessible.

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Thank Claire M
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Neil, the member of staff explained to us about the interactive display in the visitors centre. The children loved it! Wonderful, well-preserved site. It was great that we could walk around it and go into the actual Broch.

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Thank Laura M
London
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Even though they are not protected and you can meander all through them, these ruins are in a fantastic state. You can really make out how it would have looked - even the interior staircases. A definite must see in Orkney.

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Thank DualFishy
Welwyn, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

On Orkney mainland looking across the Eynhallow Sound to neighbouring Rousay are the remains of a 2000 year old village huddled by the tower or broch. Visitors are allowed to walk amongst the ruins which adds to the enjoyment and understanding. This is a good spot for picnics and walks on the nearby beach.

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Impressive example of a small village near the shoreline from the Iron age. We were amazed how accessible this is to view up close and walk inside these house examples. This is rare to be allowed this close and would not work if large crowds visit. But this is Orkney and if you venture here this is the reward that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is another of the many prehistoric settlements in Orkney. Very nice view on the Eynhallow Sound.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We loved our visit to Broch of Gurness - an iron age site that boasts it is the best preserved iron age Broch settlement in Scotland. In fact, as other reviewers have said, we preferred this site to the more famous Skara Brae at the other side of the Orkney mainland. If you're a keen photographer you'll be interested to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

This is a brilliant site. Uncrowded and you can walk into the broch and other buildings. There are some signs but best do some reading before hand so you can understand this stunning site. We went on a dry but very windy day and it was easy to get around but I imagine would be slippery in wet weather. Seeing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I visited the Broch of Gurness. twice during my time in Orkney You can really explore here and get amongst the remains. It is in a lovely location too.

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