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Address: Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A low-tide adventure

This is a wonderful place to visit on a sunny summer's day. It's only accessible on foot at low tide via a causeway. Once on the island there are 'geos' [rocky inlets here the... read more

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4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Mark_A_Tennant
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Stromness, United Kingdom
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Stromness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit on a sunny summer's day. It's only accessible on foot at low tide via a causeway. Once on the island there are 'geos' [rocky inlets here the tide has washed away softer rock and left hard rock 'fingers' sticking out into the sea]. At the right time of year it's also possible to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

Really slippery kind of clay walk when the tide is out. Which is the only time you can get across to the island. Not a long walk and really worth the effort to get the mud off your shoes. Beautiful view of the coastline and lighthouse and ancient settlement. Back at the parking lot are small shelters with fire pits... More 

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Orkney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Check tides times before going, to avoid disappointment in crossing the causeway. A great place to explore the coast line of northern Orkney. Check out the tidal pools as the water retreats. Explore the archaelogical ruins & climb to the lighthouse with great views to the outer isles. Watch the seas birds flying along the sheer cliff edges & see... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The brough (I thought it was spelt Broch) of birsay is a delightful little island approached only when the tide allows it on a wee causeway. Home to a viking settlement, it's another jewell in Orkney's crown.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This site is not so easy to reach as it is accessible only at low tide. 25 years ago, I walked over and was able to visit the fascinating buildings of this amazing Viking village. This time, I was not able to cross but could still enjoy it's majesty from the bank of the main island.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Walking across the inlet at low tide, arriving in the early mist and open-jawed at the mind-boggling life of nearly 5,000 years ago. The September greenery covering the hills protects this incredible piece of history. Well laid out for the public with the signage of the village and not a large location. Takes the coastal walk for the solitude you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Viking and neolithic settlement is interesting, but more so is that you walk across an inlet at low tide to get to the massive hillock that it is located on. Stunning views of the Atlantic and coast lines on a clear day. Beaches and rock areas for dogs and children. Accessible only during low tides so plan accordingly. Weather can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Amazing views for any one wanting to really experience the dramatic Orkney landscape. Easily one of the best coastal walks Ive been on; complete with an abundance of avian wildlife. Puffins galore along with plenty of Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags and Cormorants.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

There are a lot of Stunning views from the beach, for even better views visit the Headland or the Tea rooms as they are higher you get a better perspective.

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

The only access to the island is via a causeway, two hours either side of low tide, which the tourist information office in Kirkwall can supply. When we were there, low tide was at 7:30 am so we arrived in the parking lot before 7:00 and had the island to ourselves until at least 9:00. While there is a prehistoric... More 

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