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Brough Of Birsay

Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Birsay KW17 2NH, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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Reviewed 4 days ago

walk over the causeway to island and lighthouse,plenty of seabirds and flowers.Interesting remains of monastry and old village.

Thank SALLY-M2014solo
Reviewed 5 days ago

Check the tide tables, time your visit for two hours before low tide, and you can have a nice long visit to the Brough of Birsay before the ocean claims the walkway again. This was the seat of power in Orkney in Pictish times and...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Interesting Norse site accessed at low tide only over a causeway so beware getting stuck on this small island.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Brough of Birsay can be reached at low tide by a well maintained causeway. This is a very popular tourist destination: my wife and I visited on a busy Sunday afternoon and were lucky to find a parking space. We walked over to the...More

Thank amiddletonsct
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across Birsay by chance after visiting Skara Brae. There is a lovely walk along the headland. The sea is full of seals and the walk is stunnngly beautiful. Don't miss this if it is dry.

1  Thank wigan1992
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another wonderful area to visit even though it was raining we still enjoyed the area and church also a lovely little tea room

Thank Brian/Susan P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can go to Orkney to visit all the fascinating archaeological sites, do so! The Brough of Birsay is on the northwest tip of the Mainland Orkney, and it doesn't take long to get there from anywhere on the island. We were there at...More

Thank KDRaknm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for the second time and again we were lucky enough to see puffins on the cliffs. Plenty time between tides to walk round the island and see rock formations.

Thank asti2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a whole afternoon here and got wet feet on the way back as the tide was returning. The cliffs are spectacular and the views are the same. Just to sit and "be" in these surroundings is a real treat. This is also one...More

Thank mikefogg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely walk, great views. Be sure to check tide times before you go as you can get cut off on the island between 2 or 3 hours either side of high water.

Thank Revatron
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Hi. We will be visiting the area in mid May. Is the entire Brough of Birsay island closed in May, or is it just admission to some of the sites. We were hoping to view the lighthouse and see the birds from the cliffs.
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