Broch of Gurness

Aikerness, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2NH

01856 751 414


Explore an icon of Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage. This impressive Iron Age complex is one of the most outstanding examples of a later prehistoric settlement to survive in Scotland.

What to see and do

  • Soak up stunning views of the island of Rousay from the broch’s striking position by Eynhallow Sound
  • Marvel at the completeness of Scotland’s best-preserved broch village
  • View Iron Age artefacts on display in the visitor centre on site
  • Explore nearby – Gurness is one of at least 10 brochs that line either shore of Eynhallow Sound
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz
  • Discover nearly 5,000 years of Orkney’s history and prehistory, including the Broch of Gurness, with our Orkney Digital Guide. Purchase as an Add-On when booking your ticket, or buy the Orkney Digital Guide from our online shop
Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
The site is open daily (visitor centre accessible Sat & Sun only), 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:


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