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Broch of Gurness

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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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Went there in the evening whereas you have to pay during the day. Was quite nice to see the ruins of the settlement and to use you imagination on how they would have lived. Spent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Angie M
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Wick, United Kingdom
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Wick, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there in the evening whereas you have to pay during the day. Was quite nice to see the ruins of the settlement and to use you imagination on how they would have lived. Spent quite a while here as there is lovely views and a nice little beach. If you are lucky enough you will also see some seals.

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Thank Angie M
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really impressive structure right on the coast overlooking Rousay. The broch is surrounded with small houses which you can walk around inside of. There's a small visitor centre which is interesting.

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Thank SPJW09
Oslo, Norway
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88 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Keeper/warden was in an awful hurry to get off to his lunch so we were not able to spend even a couple of minutes in the visitors centre. The Broch of Gurness is not as busy as Skara Brae and another plus is that you can wander around everywhere without restriction at own pace, touch gently and enjoy. It... More 

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Thank OsloScot
Inverness, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site has to be my favourite site in the whole of Orkney. Unlike Skara Brae you can walk through the ruins, broch and village and get a first hand experience of the size of the rooms, the feel of the walls and the sheer scale of the site. Situated about a mile off the main road down a tarred... More 

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Thank robinred0
Inverurie, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a short trip round here to see the ruins of a broch. It was good to be able to walk in amongst the stone ruins and try to imagine what life could have been like all those years ago. Amazing to see how much still stands after all these years. We didn't stay long but was worth a... More 

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New York City, New York
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wonderful way to see and understand a broch. This one has some of the settlement around it, which you don't often see.

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Thank poesy
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is one of the smaller and short visits on the main land of Orkney when it comes to historic sites. We decided to park up the other end of the beach and walk along the beach to the site the walk took 15 minutes and was stunning so a nice way to get to the site. The site... More 

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Detling, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Evie so it was very convenient to pop down to this historic location to see how neolithic man lived. It is similar to Skara Brae but more low key, so less crowded which is good. The entry fees are reasonable and one is left to wander round and take in the place. The remains of the... More 

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Thank John W
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like other reviewers I enjoyed the visit to Broch of Gurness more than the overcrowded Skara Brae.A morning visit on a summer day with few other visitors with a knowledgeable and helpful guide in the small visitor centre. Great atmosphere and beautiful setting. To note English Heritage members can get free admission,

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Thank Morag G
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Broch of Gurness does not seem to enjoy the high profile of, say, Skara Brae, yet it is an outstanding monument and one of the largest, if not the largest, brochs of its kind in a superb position overlooking Rousay and Eynhallow Sound. Historic Scotland are to be congratulated on the access arrangements: it is a great privilege to... More 

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