Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Explore a well-defended Iron Age settlement, perched on a coastal promontory.

Midhowe Broch is one of at least nine brochs that stand along the banks of narrow, dangerous Eynhallow Sound in Orkney. It’s in an excellent state of preservation, especially its stone internal fittings. A water tank, fireplace and room partitions are all visible.

Brochs are unique to Scotland, with more than than 500 surviving examples. Many stood alone, but brochs in Orkney and Caithness, including Midhowe and nearby Gurness, were surrounded by sizeable settlements.