Broch of Birsay, Orkney
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Broch of Birsay, Orkney

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The Broch of Birsay can be reached by a causeway which is flooded at high tide. On the broch there are the remains of Pictich and Norse settlements. This is a good place to watch for nesting sea birds including Fulmars and Puffins frommay and july.

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