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Broch of Gurness, Evie

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History Museum 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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  • Stopped by just following a small sign and was amazed. Wonderful ruins of Iron Age village where visitor can walk around on their own. Incredible view on how they lived and actually how advanced they ...  more »
  • Skara Brae is much older but is also full of trippers, tourists and visitors. For real atmosphere the Pictish Broch of Gurness brings a feeling of marvel which is unequalled. The site can be entered i...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Broch of Gurness one damp afternoon in early May, which stands on a low hill overlooking the sea in the northeast of the Orkney Mainland. The site is up a very small road tha...  more »
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  • 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
  • Smaller than Skarra Brae but more accessible. Also quieter and not usually on the itinerary of the cruise ship tours.
  • Its good. A brief museum bit then outside for a look round. You have to pay... NO TOILET FACILITIES
  • The best Iron Age broch in Orkney! Well worth a visit.
  • Well preserved broch and outlying buildings. Also has an interesting exhibition with interactive dispkays.

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