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Brough of Birsay (HES)
Brough of Birsay (HES)

Brough of Birsay (HES)

On this island, easily accessible at low tide, there was once a major Pictish and Viking settlement.

When the tide permits, you can cross the causeway to this historic island. It was a place of local and perhaps regional importance, first for the Picts and later for Norse settlers.The remains of the Norse settlement include a ruined, Romanesque church that was a place of pilgrimage into the Middle Ages. This is also a great place to hunt among the rockpools, collect shells and watch puffins gathering on the rocks in early summer.

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Birsay
KW17 2NH
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Mid-Jun to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm (tides permitting)
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to mid-Jun:
Closed

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