Kirkwall
Brough of Birsay
Interesting
Brough of Birsay The Essential
Interesting

Cut off at high tide, Brough of Birsay stands at the main island's northwestern tip. There are important remains of Pictish and Norse settlements here; the oldest material comes from Pictish dwellings and ironwork. The Vikings, who lived on Brough in the 10C and 11C have left a group of farmhouses. Norse earls of the Orkneys made Birsay one of the principal settlements of these islands.