Earl's Palace

Earl's Palace, Birsay: Hours, Address, Earl's Palace Reviews: 4/5

Earl's Palace
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,705 contributions
Atmospheric Ruin
May 2021 • Couples
Not worth a special trip to see it but if you are in the area it’s worth a quick look

Atmospheric ruin from the 1700s

Well maintained by Historical Scotland
Written June 20, 2021
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DundeeElaine
London, UK17 contributions
Worth a look if you're at the Brough of Birsay
May 2021
If you love history and can use your imagination on ruins, or you are in the area anyway, this ruin is worth a 15 minute walk around.
Written May 29, 2021
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T.Mac
Elgin, UK20 contributions
Visit if in the area
Aug 2020
We always stay in Birsay when visiting Orkney, and call in to the Earl's Palace and have a look around the grounds and what is left of the impressive building.

You can easily cast your mind back and imagine what life was like through the years.

A lovely spot to spend some time on a day, and let the kids run around exploring, they will enjoy this place if they have an active imagination.
Written August 8, 2020
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Architecture and food
Wellington, New Zealand625 contributions
Brooding
Jan 2020 • Couples
These ruins look amazing as you walk around. It was very cold raining and windy so we only looked from a distance but still a great place to visit
Written January 11, 2020
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Josephine J
Kirkwall, UK278 contributions
Warm sandstone ruined 16th century Palace
Aug 2019
The tall ruins are arranged around a central courtyard which contains a well. Sometimes folk come to this picturesque spot for their wedding photos. There is a small car park a few paces away, opposite the St Magnus Kirk. Earl Robert Stewart who started the construction was an illegitimate son of King James V of Scoltand, and so, half-brother to Mary, Queen of Scots. Birsay had been like a Viking Motorway Service Station of the seas and was used as a launch-pad for their raids down the West coast of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It is a beautiful bay with plen ty of waterfowl and, sometimes, seals on the rocks if the tide is out.
Written August 13, 2019
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Fiona N
Shetland192 contributions
Our gang of Vikings came & conquered
Jul 2019 • Friends
We called in to the Earl's Palace on our way for lunch at the Birsay Bay Tea Rooms and had a look around the grounds and what is left of the impressive building.

You can easily cast your mind back and imagine what life was like through the years.

A lovely spot to spend 30 minutes on a sunny day
Written August 6, 2019
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MaeveMcP
Edinburgh, UK31 contributions
A Stewart palace
Jul 2019 • Friends
Built by the half brother of Mary Queen of Scots, this is a very imposing set of ruins, of what must have been a magnificent residence.
Interesting to work out the layout with the help of the illustrative boards & see the hearths in the upstairs rooms.
A group of brownies/guides were there during our visit & were having the time of their lives.
Written July 29, 2019
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_sw5555_
Vancouver, Canada58 contributions
Decent Stewart palace ruins that could use a bit more care
Jul 2019 • Family
It's a decent set of ruins but perhaps a bit less impressive than the other Stewart related palatial ruins in Kirkwall. Perhaps a bit more care and more colored display boards could help bring the ruins to life.
Written July 9, 2019
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Explorerguy
Leicestershire, UK104 contributions
History of the ruin
May 2019 • Friends
The ruin has good informative plaques placed around the site that explain the function and use of the rooms that can be seen. They also explain what would have been in the upper layers of the palace as well as the history of the place.
Written June 5, 2019
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Nancy V
Brookline, MA609 contributions
lovely ride and site
May 2019 • Couples
We made an impromptu trip to Birsay to see the palace, by public bus, Stagecoach from the Kirkwall bus station. It was a beautiful day and setting. With more time, we would have tried to see the Brough of Birsay, an uninhabited tidal island off the north-west point of the island, accessible according to tides, etc. Definitely worth a plan in the future.

Great excursion if time and adventures permit.
Written June 1, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM