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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Evie attractions like Broch of Gurness can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I really like ruins and these were interesting because you got to walk around in them a bit and feel how the people lived. Unlike Skara Brae which only has a reconstruction you can walk in, you can cl...  more »
  • A nice site, well preserved and well maintained. Access is subject to charges or through the historic explorer pass. You can walk among the ruins and imagine life in days gone by, while watching the gulls circling in the sea. I think it is beautiful as Skara Brae, and maybe more, because less traveled from the hordes of tourists hit and run
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  • Iron age, Norse and Pict site worth an hour of your day. On the water so dress appropriately. Free admission from Oct thru about May. 
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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.