The Brough of Birsay and Earl's Palace, Mainland

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This exploration of the far north-west tip of Orkney Mainland features rugged cliffs, a tidal causeway and centuries of history. Note: access the the Bough of Birsay is only possible within two hours either side of low tide. Tide times are available online - note these are GMT and so must be adjusted during the summer. There is a charge to visit the island in the summer months


Concrete tidal causeway, grass/sand footpaths and surfaced roads.

Public Transport

Bus from Kirkwall runs along the A966 to Birsay (1.5km from start).


Point of Buckquoy. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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