Historic Scotland

Opening times

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

1 Oct to mid-Jun:



Getting there

Brough of Birsay
KW17 2LX

As Brough of Birsay is on a tidal island, you should check tide tables at Skara Brae or call them on 01856 841 815. Tide times may also be found on the Met Office website

National Grid reference: HY 239 285

Telephone: 01856 841 815 (Skara Brae)

View Brough of Birsay on a Google map

Journey planners

Search for National Cycle Network routes on the Sustrans website.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.

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