Brough of Birsay




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

Please note, the visitor centre is closed. 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 are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Brough of Birsay, 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.

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Opening times

The Brough of Birsay is only accessible at low tide.

Please note, the visitor centre is closed.

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