Historic Scotland
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Opening times

Mid-June to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm (tides permitting)

1 October to mid-June:

Check here for unexpected closures



The car park is level tarmac.

Approach to site

Access to the Brough of Birsay from the car park is down 15 steps (with handrail in places) and then about 100m across a tidal causeway.

The causeway is difficult to cross with its:

  • large boulders
  • stones
  • sand
  • seaweed

A steep path leads to the site from the end of the causeway.

Visitor centre

The shop and exhibition are also on the island. Once across the tidal causeway and up the steep path, there is step-free access to the visitor centre.


The site on the island is all on one level. The ground is uneven and covered in short cut grass. Archaeological remains protrude here and there.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas
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