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All reviews low tide viking settlement rock pools walk up car park be careful the cliff check tide times stunning views two hours great walk bird life puffins nesting unique site on the rocks by foot light house
Luckily we were in Orkney for a week, as the tide only fell right on our last full day, when we still had the hire car. The farthest attraction from Kirkwall, but only a 45-minute drive. We spent two hours clambering around the cliff-tops to...More
The ruins of the monastery which raised St Magnus and those of Viking long houses are run by Historic Environment Scotland. Following the footpath around the perimeter of the island will reward you with views of dramatic cliffs and geos, where birds nest and swoop....More
We checked the tides and headed to the brough late afternoon. Arriving just before low tide we had plenty of time to walk around the island.
We saw puffins much to our delight but you do need to take great care near cliff edge. Saw...More
Visited on a bright sunny afternoon. we were surprised how busy the parking area was and the number crossing over the causeway at low tide. The sea weed and rock pools looked beautiful from the causeway. Once on the island there is a Viking settlement...More
Superb place for a visit. What views! Take your time and explore all the nooks and crannies. A cracking Sandstone landscape often made inaccessible by the tide, its home to lots of Birdlife and some fascinating Viking settlement remains. Great for exploring, particularly at low...More
Choose your time wisely, this can only be reached at low tide across a causeway.
A Viking chapel, with recognisable features. Earl Thorfinn’s extensive dwelling. And the layout of some ordinary Vikings’ houses. In an amazing location
After I visited mont saint michel in France, when I travel I always look for the tides phenomenon. We went here both with high tide and with the low one. In this case we also walked to the little island, saw the ancient home structures,...More
There is so much to see on the islands of Orkney but Birsay is a must for all the family. Atmospheric and exciting - you can almost smell the Vikings! The mix of given information and personal reaction to the site is about right and...More
Besides the uniqueness of getting to walk to the island at low tide, you can see the ruins of an ancient settlement. a lighthouse, beautiful cliff views and of course PUFFINS! They are why I wanted to go to the island, but it was even...More
Response from sami_jith | Reviewed this property |
It's about half an hour by car. We went by car , so not sure about the buses. But had seen buses stopping in front of palace stores. It's a short walk from there. Palace stores also informs you about the tide timings
Response from U8982CDkarenm | 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
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 can access the island & walk to the lighthouse if the tide is out & the causeway is clear. Goggle 'Orkney tide times' & look for Birsay Bay or Brough of Birsay. If the tide is in you can walk the coast either way & get great views to the island. Also don't miss the Earls Palace in Birsay Village & get refreshment at the Birsay Tearoom. Enjoy your trip