Top things to do in Birsay

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…
Cafe in Birsay

Birsay Bay Tearoom

A pleasant spot with sweeping views over green grass, black cows and blue-grey sea, this cafe serves tea, coffee, home baking and light meals. It's a good place to wait for the tide to go out before crossing to the …
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…