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Broch of Gurness

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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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Well displayed excavation.

Set on the edge is the sea with amazing surrounding views. This fascinating excavation is well worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 11, 2017
Janet T
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Set on the edge is the sea with amazing surrounding views. This fascinating excavation is well worth a visit.

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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

The Broch of Gurness is a wonderful ruin on Orkney. It is fascinating to wander through what remains of the ancient settlement. Though the dwellings are open to the sky it is amazing that they still stand, considering the age of the site. The tower itself still has high walls. The visitor center has a wealth of information about the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

I really like ruins and these were interesting because you got to walk around in them a bit and feel how the people lived. Unlike Skara Brae which only has a reconstruction you can walk in, you can climb all over this and it is right on the water which can make for some picturesque photos. The boards around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Iron age, Norse and Pict site worth an hour of your day. On the water so dress appropriately. Free admission from Oct thru about May.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The Broch of Gurness is the best example of an iron age Broch on the Mainland of Orkney. Although now reduced in height, the walls still tower impressively high above you and the shear scale of the construction is astounding. The entrance and surrounding village outside are also amazing. Our experience was enhanced by 'gatecrashing' an archeology lecture that was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

For a small entrance fee this is a must see Broch from Iron age about 2500 years old. If visiting Orkney another must see to join the dots so to speak in the archaeological maze. I think it's about £5.50(£4.40) but is free to Historic Scotland and NT members I think

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

A wonderful atmospheric site in stunning location. The massive broch and the surrounding buildings give a vivid impression of the community that lived here over two thousand years ago. You can lose yourself in the complex of stone walls the colour of honey and hear the seals calling from the bay nearby. Fabulous, and a great introduction to the brochs... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

This is one of the Orkneys lesser known historical sites, compared to Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. We found it fascinating, as a contrast to Skara Brae. It is an easy drive to include both in an afternoon.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

In my opinion this is by far better than Skara Brae, both in size and the fact that you can get up close and personal with it, even the stairway is there to climb. Some amazing stonework and views over the Firth. Forget the main tours and take the backroads for some interesting sites

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

This broch is well conserved and offers a good idea how people have been living in these houses. This broch can be easily visited with a history pass (also includes Maes Howe and Scara Brae) and there's no reservation required.

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