Fodor's Expert Review Brough of Birsay

Birsay Ruins

A Romanesque church can be seen at the Brough of Birsay, a tidal island with the remains of an early Pictish and then Norse settlement. (Brough is another word for "fort".) The collection of roofless stone structures on the tiny island, close to Birsay, is accessible only at low tide by means of a concrete path that winds across the seaweed-strewn bay. The path is slippery, so boots are essential. To ensure you won't be swept away, check the tides with the tourism office in Kirkwall or Stromness before setting out. The cliffs at the far side of the island are stunning but be very careful as you look for puffins.


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Birsay, Orkney Islands  KW17 2NH, Scotland


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £6, Closed Oct.–mid-Jun.

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