Broch of Gurness, Evie

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View the ruins of Scotland's best-preserved broch village at Broch of Gurness. The ancient structures, built between 500 and 200 BCE, once housed a substantial community and defended the coastline from raiders. Explore the village and picture Orcadian life as it was over 2,000 years ago. Take in the expansive views of Eynhallow Sound and the Island of Rousav from the ruins situated above the coastline of Mainland Orkney. Stop by the visitor's center to view Iron-Age artifacts on display. Take a guided tour to learn more about the village's history and purpose. Check the weather before your visit, as high winds can cause temporary closures. Make Broch of Gurness a part of your Evie vacation plans using our Evie trip planner .
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  • Absolutely brilliant. Fascinating insight into neolithic and iron age Orkney. Loads to see. Lovely location. Well worth taking time out to see.  more »
  • Great place to visit, you can actually walk inside, setting was lovely by the sea with views of other island and not many there.  more »
  • Another gem of the Orkney Islands to see absolutely. You will find yourself in another dimension, a blast from the past trying to imagine the residents of those places, their daily life, their customs.
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  • The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village on the northern coast of Orkney. Because we visited out of season (late October) the small museum was closed but on the plus side, we didn't have to pay. The Broch is in amazing condition considering it's age and it's quite thought provoking when you go inside......you get a real sense of what it must have been like to live in there 1500-2000yrs ago. It's not a massive site so won't take you long to get around, but it is easily worth a visit.
  • Great trip here, the sand under the water makes the beach look tropical and the Broch itself is very thought provoking and gives a fantastic insight into the lifestyle and building ability of the people at the time. The guide was very knowledgeable about the Broch and surrounding area. Well worth a visit
  • Excellent site, very rude Historic Scotland employee. Very much a 'jobs worth' with little sense that visitors pay his wages. So rude infact will not be renewing membership next year.
  • Neothic dwelling good to go round ,there is an entrance charge
  • Fascinating ruin of an iron age tower house and surrounding houses enclosed by protective ramparts. Spectacular location.

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