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Brough Of Birsay

Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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“low tide” (70 reviews)
“tide times” (27 reviews)
“walk up” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a unique experience to be able to access this spot only at low tide. A very cool walk over and also amazing to walk among the ruins unhindered. Make sure you walk up to the top to get the view of the cliffs on...More

Thank dmpape00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if the tide is in and you can't cross to the Brough this is a wonderful place to sea and bird watch and the seals often haul out. There's a nice walk down to Skipi Geo as well. Nearest toilets and facilities in Birsay....More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A concrete causeway gives access at low tide (which mostly is for far longer than the couple of hours indicated). The Viking settlement (being a little modern for me!) is interesting and the walk up the hill to the Lighthouse and back round is lovely....More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Check the tides to see if you can get across the causeway. Lovely views across to the Brough / island.

Thank edwmagee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been on holiday to Orkney twice before, this was our first port of call on our third trip. Nothing short of stunning. A family were busy pond dipping and had a collection of tubs with assorted fish and crabs, fascinating to see what's under...More

Thank Sockknitter5
Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

When you look at the island it's like something out of close encounters. Only accessible at low tide so check times. Water lovely and clear with a lots of hermit crabs that will nibble your toes. The actual site is not as complete as Skara...More

Thank pyrasanth
Reviewed September 6, 2017

The island is only accessible at low tide so it is essential to check tide times to plan your visit, a pair of wellington boots is handy if you don't want to wait for the tide to be fully out before you cross. It's only...More

Thank jpdanmark
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Fabulous experience walking across the water to get to the island during low tide. We loved it and it was easy for all of us to do. The scenery was spectacular and the brough interesting as well.

Thank Mara S
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

We were the first across as the tide receded so we had it to ourselves for 10 mins or so before the coach parties attempted the crossing. It seems clear to us, non-archaeologists, that the site has been re-used by successive residents. The houses are...More

Thank Ydnewyrrap
Reviewed August 25, 2017

This site is on an island which can only be reached by foot when the tide is out. The Vikings were here about 1000 AD and many of their buildings have been excavated. The walk to the island is rocky. I am not always sure-footed...More

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March 14, 2017|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
The Brough of Birsay (the small island) is open all year, however, access is limited by the tide & the weather. There is a small Historic Scotland information unit - it is this that is closed except for summer months. You... More