"Brough of Birsay" Stromness Things to Do Tip by iaint

Stromness Things to Do: 12 reviews and 27 photos

  cold, wet & windy
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  • cold, wet & windy - Stromness
      cold, wet & windy
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  • July, Orkney - Stromness
      July, Orkney
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  • spectacular location - Stromness
      spectacular location
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To get to this site, you drive as far as you can go on the mainland towards the north west. Then you walk across the beach from the car park to the island - only accessible for 2 hours either side of low tide (ie 4 hours in total each day). Check the tide times before you set off.

Wear the right shoes & clothes...

This is how Historic Scotland's website describes it...

"A tidal island off the north coast of the Orkney mainland, the Brough of Birsay was intensively settled from the 7th to the 13th centuries AD. The physical remains comprise a 9th-century Viking-Age settlement and 12th-century monastery, together with traces of an earlier Pictish settlement of the 7th and 8th centuries. The buildings and artefacts discovered make the brough one of the most important, and attractive, monuments in Scotland."

HS has a warden on the island, so he/she takes your money or stamps your pass.

You can also walk around the island, or over to the lighthouse. Probably great fun on a nice day. When I visited, it was very wet & windy (about 35mph from the north) as well as cold. I skipped the stroll around the island. I had 3 layers on - t-shirt, shirt + jacket - and was still cold. Yes, in the middle of July.

From what I could see through my watering eyes and fogged up glasses, the setting is spectacular.

Address: Birsay, Orkney
Directions: On the north west tip of the mainland.
Website: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_042&PropName=Brough Of Birsay

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2010
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