We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Broch of Gurness

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Evie, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856751414

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 184 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 128
  • 45
    Very good
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Very interesting

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen L
Add Photo Write a Review

184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 177: English reviews
Level Contributor
68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Stephen L
Level Contributor
115 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank fhdCornwall
Level Contributor
206 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Tourman2
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank cornelius534
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
125 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Ewen M
Stockport, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
379 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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

Thank Charles G
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
173 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
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.

Thank Ruud_Vandeursen
Didcot, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
244 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Of the sites covered by the Explorer ticket this was the most enjoyable, but still not as enjoyable as the free ones: in other places you can only enter with a timed tour or stick to the paved path... here you can wonder freely among the remains.

1 Thank jcrossBdV
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

This has good parking, and the information centre is excellant with hands on exibits. The Broch is an amazing piece of history still standing after thousands of years. Becareful if visiting on a rainy day as it can be a bit slippery and it is not very suitable for wheelchair users.

Thank MaxineP1958
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

If in Orkney get the explorer pass gives Free entrance to Skara Brae, Maes How this and some others. Really well set out and you can walk all round the site. Much less popular than it should be.

Thank 82AndrewM82

Travelers who viewed Broch of Gurness also viewed

Stromness, Mainland
Stromness, Mainland
Birsay, Orkney Islands
Stromness, Mainland

Been to Broch of Gurness? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Broch of Gurness and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Broch of Gurness staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?