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Puffintastic!

It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alan8080
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Puffins!

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bethmaryclayton
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a lovely walk across the causeway onto the island, the scenery is spectacular with a well-preserved Norse ruin as you step onto the island. Walking along the cliff tops is something to behold. You may need a head for heights. The walk along the cliff top highlights the rugged beauty of the Orkney isles. The Cliffs are alive with wildlife of the winged variety. On the Day we were there it was mainly nesting Fulmars and the Orkney Rock stars that stole the show for me were the Puffins. They nest in the hollows of the cliff face. If you are lucky enough to come across them they have no fear at all and allow you to get up close to them. At the highest point of the island is a well-maintained Light house to stop at and admire the view. It was a couple of hours very well spent with friends. The only thing I would check are the tide times for crossing to the island to make sure the tide is low enough to get across.

Thank Alan8080
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked across to the Brough of Birsay and arrived straight away to the Norse Settlement in the island, which has a recreation of a Pictish stone that was found there and is now in a museum. The island itself is tidal, so make sure you check the times and don't get stuck or you'll have to phone the coastguard! We were there at the right time to see puffins, which was just wonderful! If you're there during puffin season I would highly recommend you spend a bit of time here.

Thank bethmaryclayton
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, we missed the tide and were not to cross on the path over. Amazing cliffs and were able to zoom in to the island and see the Broch of Birsay, see the church and the lighthouse up on the hill. Looks like an amazing site to visit and explore. Maybe next time. Important to get the tide tables before heading up.

Thank jcovecbns
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Birsay was a Viking stronghold in the 1000’s. There is even speculation that it was home to Thorfinn Sigurdsson, the powerful Norse Earl of Orkney. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk rocks to see this archeology site. It is well-worth the effort. What an adventure it was to feel the wind coming off the ocean, feeling the spray of salt water, careful to avoid the drying seaweed on the rocks. A highlight of our Orkney adventures.

Thank Clanmother
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

As far as fortifications go, being on an island that can only be reached when there are certain tides was probably a very smart move.

Neolithic, Viking & Medieval ruins here, kept pristine by the authorities (Historic Scotland?) are all pretty amazing. Very clear evidence of underground sewerage and perhaps even a sauna remind me of the amazing discoveries & plumbing at Ephesus.

You have to pick your time for visiting due to the tides and unfortunately it would be a difficult walk for anyone with mobility issues, but if you can make it, it is worth it!

Thank pakabay
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

All the tourist information will tell you about this, but to actually walk across a table own tide is so much fun and then take time to explore the little island. It is a great place to sit and watch the birds as they ride the winds, and then nest on the cliffs.

Thank CathJ2010
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

Cool morning air greeted us as we passed over the causeway, picking our way over rocks and white sand and up the slipway to the site. The vikings certainly knew a good place to live, following on from previous dwellers on this site. Sloping down towards the sea, with complicated drainage systems to keep their houses clean. It's orientation ideal for picking up the sunshine. A great visit, thanks to Historic Scotland's care. Would recommend.

Thank maggielemay
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stay very friendly village great for the northern lights with uninterrupted views over the sea

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Wonderful place to visit. We met lots of like minded people searching for grottie buckies. Please plan your trip carefully following advice below and in visitor information centre. Yesterday we saw 4 young adults saunter down to the causeway about 2 hours after low tide only to find the tide had cut them off. Thank goodness the weather was was fairly clement. A long wait until next possible crossing.

Thank Kierfea
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

The brough of birsay was one of the highlights of our trips to the Orkneys, it is well worth a visit. But make sure you check tide times as to when you can visit as there is a causeway to walk to get there!

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