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Birsay - Ancient Capital of Orkney

Welcome to BIRSAY, home to Neolithic peoples, Picts, Vikings, Scottish Royalty and a cosmopolitan cross-section of people today.

Birsay on Wikipedia

Birsay is a parish in the north west corner of The Mainland of Orkney, Scotland. Almost all the land in the parish is devoted to agriculture: chiefly grassland used to rear beef cattle. There are various ancient monuments in the parish.

The Brough of Birsay on Orkneyjar

For centuries, political and religious power in Orkney centred around a small tidal island off the north-western corner of the Mainland. This island goes by the name of the Brough o' Birsay.

The Earl's Palace, Birsay on Orkneyjar

Earl Robert Stewart built the Earl's Palace, in Birsay, between 1569 and 1579.

Marwick Head RSPB Reserve

Take the trail and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the seabird city

St Magnus Church on Undiscovered Scotland

Overshadowed by its near neighbour, the Earl's Palace, St Magnus Church is found in the village of Birsay, in the north west corner of West Mainland.The sign on the gate says that the church was established in 1064: so it comes as something of a surprise to find a church that at first sight looks as if it's only a small fraction of that age.