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. Make Broch of Gurness a part of your Evie vacation plans using our Evie trip planner.
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  • This Broch was really worth the visit. Very bleak and out of the way. The stone structures are very well built.  more »
  • This is an amazing place to visit! Scara Brae was lovely but you can't actually walk in it whereas this place you can! So interesting to read the information boards and picture what life was like in....  more »
  • Great views. Change of tides creates strong currents in the channel between the islands. Good spot to look for marine birds. The broch is small and has an entrance fee, but worth a visit if it interests you. Ample parking space.
  • Absolutely fabulous! Would definitely come back again. Great place for those who are interested in history and children!
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