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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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This requires a little trip off the main track, but also to schedule it at the right time of day, as only when the tide is low can the crossing be made. The ruins are very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This requires a little trip off the main track, but also to schedule it at the right time of day, as only when the tide is low can the crossing be made. The ruins are very interesting and informative to walk around, and with long stretches with no-one around, many birds are to be found in the area too.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
38 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

An Iron Age broch wonderfully well preserved beside the sea, the construction is mind blowing and how did those people put up with the wild weather so long ago.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

You really have to visit this broch if you want to absorb something of Scotland's iron age past. Remarkably wee preserved, visit here as part of Historic Scotland's Orkney Explorer pass.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
54 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It is best to see some of the Neolithic buildings before visiting the Broch. This enables one to compare the architectural and building abilities of the two epochs. Maes Howe for instance was built circa 5000 BC and the Broch about 5500 or so years later. The Neolitihic people used better materials, showed more skill as builders and out-stripped the... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Lovely spot by the sea. A fascinating Broch and well worth the trip. We toured it in the rain so that added to the atmosphere!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Fascinating site and so well preserved. Access is great and you are able to walk around unimpeded. The guide was very friendly and informative and there were not the hordes of people and coaches that you can get at other sites such as Scara Brae.

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Halifax, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Vikings must be in my ancestry because I am drawn to anything Viking related. The site is an incredible look into the building innovation and way of life in an authentic Viking village. I arrived late so I had the place to myself (the fee was waived) and I roamed through the walled village picturing the harshness of the climate... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Another site on Orkney well worth the visit. So well preserved and gives a great idea of living at the time. If you can get there when it is quiet, you will enjoy it even more.

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Southampton
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223 reviews 223 reviews
86 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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Address: Address: Evie, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Evie

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