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Over 28 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now

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Access

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

The large car park is level gravel.

Approach to site

The broch is 180m along a gravel path and through a kissing gate (the gap is approx 0.5m wide). 

Visitor centre

There is a single step into the visitor centre.

Monument

The site has uneven ground, which is mostly grass. The broch ruins have numerous steps and level changes.

Some of the paths between buildings can be narrow. Visitors must also navigate a great deal of protruding archaeology.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Broch of Gurness, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:

Mon & Tues, Free guided tours (pre-booking recommended)

Wed-Sun, visitors can explore by themselves (no booking required)

Monument may close for lunch.

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