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Fantastic Pictish settlement

Excellent settlement down at the bottom of the broch. Nice to be able to get in and look round and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JennyB554
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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A drive to find but worth the visit.

Found this site on the Historical Scotland website wow a Broch you can actually walk through and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
266annettep
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Melbourne, Australia
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Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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All reviews iron age skara brae well worth a visit great site walk around the main tourist historic scotland stunning location great for kids orkney explorer pass on duty at lunchtime fascinating place real sense entry fee ancient history great place to visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent settlement down at the bottom of the broch. Nice to be able to get in and look round and feel how it might have been. I suspect however it may become fenced off as Skara Brae and more recently ring of Bridget are for...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this site on the Historical Scotland website wow a Broch you can actually walk through and around the site. There are no toilets or cafe there just a small building housing a display with information and you can buy books etc about the site,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 266annettep
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hidden gem! Free for Historic Scotland membership holders, has parking on site and a small visitor centre offering all information. You can walk around and inside the ruins. As impressive as Skara Brae!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

Although this site is not as big or well known, we preferred it because it was quiet and there is so much detail, so we had the peace and time to walk around and explore it. The surrounding scenery is also breathtaking and as you...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

After visiting the other busier Neolithic sites, the Broch of Gurness is an enjoyable and quiet site which also boasts impressive history. I would recommend going early in the morning where we were on our own.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

very interesting well explained and well displayed. i feel that some of these sites would deserve some more advertising and coverage. but a wonderful discovery for us

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank nicolas s
Reviewed July 16, 2019

An interesting thing to do alongside Skara Brae to see settlements at very different times. Being able to get "up close and personal" to such things was a great learning experience.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Lester L
Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

Skara Brae may be better known but this is a lesser known gem. Not on the tourist trail so rarely crowded and you can walk freely around the site.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank MarciaBrown
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Decently preserved Iron Age tower and surrounding village, with an impressive entrance way from the beach. More display boards in-situ would help flesh out the area and history though.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

The brochure of Gurness is one of our favourite places on Orkney. When you consider that there are thousands of amazing things to see on the Orkneys that is no mean statement. The broch is situated on a wonderful part of the coastline, it is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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I believe it to be 01856 751414. If phoning from abroad 0044 1856 751414.
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