Broch of Gurness
Broch of Gurness
5
About
Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
See what travelers are saying
  • Ayrdiver
    Bowmore, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Today
    The information boards and artefacts in the visitor centre set the scene perfectly for you to walk around the site itself. It is easy to become immersed in the history of the site, the activities of those who lived there and the challenges they faced, but had the fortitude to build such an amazing structure!. To be able to walk into the ruins and step in the footsteps of history is a visceral feeling. Definitely recommend visiting Gurness!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • epemberton
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing
    We loved it here - so fascinating and quite a lot to explore. There's an entry fee but it's so worth it - we actually preferred it here to Skara Brae (plus there are a lot less people!). We took our dogs with us and they were made very welcome, they had a good fuss from the man in the visitor centre and we were able to take them with us to look at the small exhibition.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Struan101
    Dollar, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very atmospheric
    Actually better than Skara Brae, for two main reasons. Firstly it is less popular and the lack of hordes of people allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the place better. Secondly, you can actually walk within the ruins to give an occupant's eye view of the way they lived. Oh, and there was a beautiful and very friendly cat there the day we visited so that made it a six star attraction!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical but needs to provide toilets
    This is really well presented iron age broch with village. Added to that is the Picture village. The Broch is double walled and is surrounded by two ditches. The entry is poor as people could potentially sneak in without paying and there are NO toilets, which when there is a shop and display is very disappointing. Also you can get bus tours but be patient as they leave quickly. It is better with less people.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2024
  • richard r
    Borgue, United Kingdom370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Neolithic pile of stones on a cliffs edge.... but so much more. A dog friendly site.
    Brochs are stone age structures that might have been defensive or domestic, but what they are is amazing. A huge building project in un-mortared stone. This one is fascinating because it is surrounded by other smaller buildings and the defensive ditches and walls. The site and , small, visitor centre is dog friendly. The visitor centre has some interesting artifacts , a model reconstruction and a great 'view through the keyhole'! Outside , from the car park, we watched seals and gannets diving for fish.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles340 reviews
Excellent
266
Very good
68
Average
5
Poor
1
Terrible
0

Struan101
Dollar, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Actually better than Skara Brae, for two main reasons. Firstly it is less popular and the lack of hordes of people allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the place better. Secondly, you can actually walk within the ruins to give an occupant's eye view of the way they lived. Oh, and there was a beautiful and very friendly cat there the day we visited so that made it a six star attraction!
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

hipstergirl2016
Glasgow, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited this impressive site within the first few days of our trip to Orkney. We booked a guided tour and can't remember visiting a historic site and feeling quite so engaged and 'transported' in time! Our guide, Corwen, lead a tour of the Broch, explained the surroundings and brought the place and its inhabitants through time to life. I don't remember ever being so disappointed when a history lesson ended😊 The knowledge Corwen imparted helped us to get so much more out of all the other sites we visited. Highly recommended.
Written October 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

richard r
Borgue, UK370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Brochs are stone age structures that might have been defensive or domestic, but what they are is amazing. A huge building project in un-mortared stone. This one is fascinating because it is surrounded by other smaller buildings and the defensive ditches and walls.
The site and , small, visitor centre is dog friendly. The visitor centre has some interesting artifacts , a model reconstruction and a great 'view through the keyhole'!
Outside , from the car park, we watched seals and gannets diving for fish.
Written July 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marc Moffatt
Birkenhead, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Spent a few hours in the area. It was an hours walk from our caravan pitch or less then ten minutes drive. I don't know how they mustered the people to build this stricture. It had everything they needed as a community. No mortar just local stone and its still here after 2500 years .Would advise you bring wellies warm dry clothing and a picnic, It was a beautiful hot day and sunny. Still a windy place no tree's but great place for walking and would highly recommend a visit.
Written February 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

IestynapG
London, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It's a fabulously preserved Iron Age Broch. the site guardian was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The location is wild and romantic - and we saw a hare in a nearby field! If you want to sample the varied historical monumnets on Orkney - then this Broch is a key part of your trip
Written June 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is really well presented iron age broch with village. Added to that is the Picture village. The Broch is double walled and is surrounded by two ditches.
The entry is poor as people could potentially sneak in without paying and there are NO toilets, which when there is a shop and display is very disappointing.
Also you can get bus tours but be patient as they leave quickly.
It is better with less people.
Written June 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mirna M
Perth, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It was a surprise to me when arrive and saw not just a broch but also an ancient village around the site. Very well preserved and not overly visited so I enjoyed it a lot. The day was perfect, sunny and there were also 3 seals enjoying the sun too.
There was also a very friendly cat who loved people, especially children. I think cat lives around and come to greet people and maybe get some food. :)
This site is amazing.
Written October 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We loved it here - so fascinating and quite a lot to explore. There's an entry fee but it's so worth it - we actually preferred it here to Skara Brae (plus there are a lot less people!). We took our dogs with us and they were made very welcome, they had a good fuss from the man in the visitor centre and we were able to take them with us to look at the small exhibition.
Written September 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gazzaalison
Hartlepool, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
What a great find. Turning is off the main road at Evie School. Drive right to the end of the road. We walked from our Motorhome site in Evie School. Did not know what to expect, after our long walk, but wow wow what a find. This is history that you can tread where our ancestors trod. We spent an hour here it was fascinating. Clear marked information boards. Told every little detail. If history is your thing do not miss this little gem. Well done Orkney council for this fantastic site.
Written June 6, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

katherine153
Lancaster, UK263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We much preferred this to the more famous Scara Brae site, and felt it had more to offer. We almost came upon it by chance, as it hadn't been highlighted in material we had been reading about the historic sites. It's in a fabulous position and you can get right up and into the different areas. A must-see site if you are visiting Orkney.
Written September 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 319
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Broch of Gurness - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars