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Brough Of Birsay, Birsay

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The Brough of Birsay is an uninhabited tidal island off the north-west coast of The Mainland of Orkney, Scotland, in the parish of Birsay. It is located around 13 miles north of Stromness and features the remains of Pictish and Norse settlements as well as a modern light house.Geography and geologyThe island is accessible on foot at low tide via a largely natural causeway. It is separated from the mainland by a 240 metre stretch of water at high tide: the Sound of Birsay.The Norse settlement has been partly removed by coastal erosion, and the cliffs are reinforced by concrete rip-rap to prevent further damage.EtymologyThe Old Norse name for the island was "Byrgisey" which means fort island, and gives the parish its name. Brough, indeed, means fort (for etymology, see broch).
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  • This site is not so easy to reach as it is accessible only at low tide. 25 years ago, I walked over and was able to visit the fascinating buildings of this amazing Viking village. This time, I was not...  read more »
  • Walking across the inlet at low tide, arriving in the early mist and open-jawed at the mind-boggling life of nearly 5,000 years ago. The September greenery covering the hills protects this incredible ...  read more »
  • Viking and neolithic settlement is interesting, but more so is that you walk across an inlet at low tide to get to the massive hillock that it is located on. Stunning views of the Atlantic and coast l...  read more »
  • This is the first spot we saw puffins so we are somewhat biased towards this place being amazing. If you come in the shoulder season you don't need to pay to enter the park which is a nice small benefit. The hike out across the barrier at low tide is quick and easy and the walk around the actual island is a must. The ruins are interesting but the beautiful cliff line around the island is definitely the highlight.
  • Put on your walking shoes and enjoy.
  • Beautiful place. Be careful if you're walking over to be sure you do not get stranded.
  • Views, walk, sea bird colonies. Cafe nearby in Birsay.
  • Very nice. You must keep only the tides in the eye, otherwise it will wet at the foot ;-)
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