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Check tide times before you visit Orkney

Luckily we were in Orkney for a week, as the tide only fell right on our last full day, when we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
petemI7266SP
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Stunning place to visit

I love this place the calmness and peacefulness you get from going here the scenery is gorgeous and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
juliemF3293AZ
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place the calmness and peacefulness you get from going here the scenery is gorgeous and a great place to explore Check the tides for crossing over but a lovely visit on a sunny day

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019

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

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Caramy
Reviewed August 8, 2019

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank susan m
Reviewed August 7, 2019

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

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Tardisgirly
Reviewed July 14, 2019

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

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank hotlips73
Reviewed July 10, 2019

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

Date of experience: June 2019
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Serena F
August 18, 2018|
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Response from Carol C | Reviewed this property |
You can get bus timetables on the internet Try the Visit Orkney site
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363madisonh
July 28, 2018|
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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
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dbarbay
March 14, 2017|
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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
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