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Broch of Gurness

Evie, Scotland
+44 1856 751414
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A not to be missed part of Orkney's history

You can just imagine the village full of people milling around all those years ago. There are some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Perfect if not for the pay

Looking on the other island this Broch makes sense. Behind is the hills of the birds. A small beach... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“iron age” (27 reviews)
“skara brae” (61 reviews)
“wander freely” (4 reviews)
Evie, Scotland
+44 1856 751414
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can just imagine the village full of people milling around all those years ago. There are some very interesting buildings and what looks like bowls made of stone lying around. It's not as old as Skara Brae and also a bit out of the...More

Thank mikefogg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking on the other island this Broch makes sense. Behind is the hills of the birds. A small beach is accessible on the way.

Thank rv15243
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a Historic Scotland site so has an entrance fee for non-members. It is an Iron Age settlement arranged around an extremely well-preserved broch, a round tower which is unique to Scotland. It was obviously a well-defended place of power but despite being almost...More

Thank 44AlanS
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Great spot for history and nature. The stretch of water between here and the two nearby islands looks treacherous but the duck, birds and seals were happy! The broch itself is far less popular than the SB on the west of the isltbut personally we...More

Thank Sockknitter5
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Be careful getting here! We chose the shortest route along what turned out to be a very poor farm road - we came back on the longer "main" road. Well worth it though. A beautifully restored Iron Age settlement in a wonderful location. Spent far...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We only had a quick visit here but it was amazingly preserved. I would have loved to have spent more time here to explore more.

Thank edwmagee
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is later than Skara Brae at around a mere 2000 years old. What will strike you most is the thickness of the wall of the main redoubt in the centre. It's around 5m think with tunnels inside. Plenty to muse on here and you...More

Thank pyrasanth
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I loved this iron age Broch. It's really well preserved and is in such an amazing location with the beautiful blue waters of the Eynhallow sound in front of you. This is the heart of iron age Orkney and is worth the drive.

Thank saratogangster
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Fascinating place this in a beautifull location. Bit off the main road but worth the visit. Again in Orkney a trip back in to the distant past. Brilliant workmanship considering when it was built.

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is a well preserved Iron Age broch on the mainland of Orkney. I also visited Midhowe Broch which is on Rousay, I would say Midhowe was a more enjoyable visit as it was quieter and free, although Gurness is easier to get to if...More

Thank jpdanmark
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Response from Chrisbeeoxford | Reviewed this property |
I believe it to be 01856 751414. If phoning from abroad 0044 1856 751414.