Birsay attractions

Archaeological Site in Birsay

Brough of Birsay

At low tide – check tide times at any Historic Environment Scotland site – you can walk out to this windswept island, the site of extensive Norse ruins, including a number of longhouses and the 12th-century St Peter…
Ruins in Birsay

Earl's Palace

The ruins of this palace, built in the 16th century by the despotic Robert Stewart, Earl of Orkney, dominate the village of Birsay. Today it’s a mass of half walls and crumbling columns; the size of the palace is im…
Historic Building in Birsay

Barony Mills

This working watermill is a satisfying sight – it's still running, and producing flour from bere (a type of barley) that you'll find in baked morsels across the Orkneys. In summer you can visit on a free guided tour…