Name:Brough of Birsay
Hill number:12248
Height:46m / 151ft
Parent (Ma):none
RHB Section:23: Orkney Islands
County/UA:Orkney Islands
Island:Mono Tump island (t)
Class:Tump (0-99m), SIB
Grid ref:HY 23414 28524
Summit feature:no feature
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 6
(1:25k) 463
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 105 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Birsay. Running. 16km in wind and at times driving rain solo.Fionalevey11/08/2023
Walked up the Brough on a holiday to Orkney. Glorious day and wall to wall sunshineCap_Thunderbolt11/04/2023
parked in CP and paddled across causeway at LOW? tide. Up path to lighthouse and HP then round back to more paddling.grumpy30/03/2023
2.00 Across causeway early afternoon.vegibagger26/08/2022
With CreakingHikertim74712/08/2022
Easily across the causeway an hour before low tide. Busy with tourists. No puffins much to my wife's regret.NormanW31/07/2022
Walked across easily 2hrs before low tide.Minto30/07/2022
A beautiful and historic island. Wonderful sea cliffs, Viking ruins, a lighthouse and puffins. With Jonathan & Steve G.Dangerous Dave30/07/2022
Saw puffins, gannets, razorbills, eider duck and guillemots on the walk :)Lifejourney4two11/05/2022
Absolutely superb, Dry shod crossing 2.5 hrs before low tide in howling gale. Lighthouse very small.Thearlaichdubh21/09/2021
A lovely walk taking in also the interesting Norse settlement.Watch out for tide times for a safe crossing of causeway.Hirta06/09/2021
Great little walk from the carrack, through the broch up the main path to the lighthouse and then left around the headland with some fantastic sea cliff views and Birdlife.JulieB06/09/2020
delightful ascent across causeway then grassy track to the lighthouse. Returned via south side of island above impressive cliffs with fulmars in good numbers. KeithByTheC06/09/2020
To lighthouse and high point with elizyanne after a visit to the local tearoom at Mount MiseryGmacT24/11/2019
A super location to visit - later in the day than initially planned after checking the tide times.Alancache06/08/2019
From car park, across causeway and up to lighthouse and the HP, back along cliffs, with a few puffins and then Norse village.PeterD27/06/2019
Walked across the causeway 3 hrs before low tide. Pleasant walk around the headland.jonglew24/02/2019
A very good short walk from the car park for Brough Head. Across the tidal causeway, no-one to take the fee for looking at the Norse houses, then a nice grassy path to the lighthouse and the summit. A good walk back around the N of the island.Gill24/02/2019
Cycled from Stromness on a rented 'sit up and beg bike' but well worth it. Crossed the causeway to beach of rounded rocks just as it cleared of glistening seas. A lovely island.RichardM31/07/2018
Nice tidal island! Very easy and very busy.jenx24/07/2018
With Jenx and Bryher at low tide, no need to pay if walking round the isle, so we thought ;-)nordicstar24/07/2018
tandem tourTeasyChris25/06/2018
Lovely sunny day - spent a couple of hours here, watching puffins etcCrib Goch11/06/2018
Very windy and cold.BigJ11/05/2018
With Bevsimon and co05/05/2017
Headed across about 2 hours before lowest tide with Seumas and LighthouseSarah - bagged island high point and lighthouse.assynt_bob16/04/2017
MC JC OMartin6601/03/2016
With Ali and the girls - Brough is worth looking at. Beware cliffs just beyond lighthouse if you have young kids with you.paddyirish30/06/2014
With family on holiday.ruru200830/06/2014
From CP and across the causeway at low tide.chrisbien02/06/2014
Drizzly early morning low tide, some slippery rocks en route.RHW02/06/2014
A lovely spot to visit with Jim Bloomer and Tricky Speirs on a sunny afternoon.Dugswell231/05/2014
Water lapping at our feet on the return over the causeway.summitsup30/05/2012
Great spot for wave-watching!AndrewFinnimore24/04/2011
Visited with John.Skerryvore26/07/2010
Waited for the tide to turn, then crossed and explored across the Brough - even went to the lighthouse, then back across as the tide came in. Fab place to spend time.Lesley Jackson10/10/2006
To Brough Head via the Pictish remains. With Mrs Anchovy.Herbert Anchovy12/10/2004
Walked across causeway and up to lighthouse during visit to ruins.citygent12/09/2004
Date not knowncallumblack03/04/1976
Years agoVerySlowPlodderblank
Jill Robertson12/08/2022