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Broch of Gurness, Evie

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History Museum
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Evie attractions like Broch of Gurness can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A rainy day made this an atmospheric visit. The man in the office took the time to give us a really informative talk about the site before we wandered around.  more »
  • Very well presented site giving you the opportunity to see how ancient tribes/people lived thousands of years ago. When we visited there were no fees to pay as it was before the season had started how...  more »
  • amazing place right on the seashore Its construction is amazing would recommend stout footwear as gassed area can be very slippery when wet  more »
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  • There are many brochs (remains of ancient circular stone structures) in Scotland, but only the ones in Orkney sometimes have villages built around them. This is one of the best preserved ones, and you're allowed to walk among the ruins and enter the brochs and see the layout / "furniture" they used. Very nice, great for kids as well, who enjoy running around the grass around and within the village. There's an entry fee, but it's included in the Orkney Explorer pass (worth taking if you plan to visit at least 2-3 sites during your stay -- which you should!).
  • Really great place to take kids and imagine life 5000 years ago!
  • Fascinating iron-age settlement with interesting wee visitor display
  • Impressive place. I didnt have much time. When you come make sure you have time to soak in the atmosphere.
  • Gaelic residence very fortified against mysterious enemies..fascinating at the max level.