Birsay

[Earl's Palace, Birsay]

Birsay is located at the northwest tip of Orkney Mainland, attracting an unusual mix of Viking enthusiasts, ornithologists and Top Gear viewers (see below). You can't miss the Earl's Palace as you approach, dominating the village from the west. The car park for the Brough of Birsay and walks towards Skipi Geo is a kilometre further on.

[Earl's Palace]

Within walking distance

Name: Earl's Palace ★☆☆
Description: Once-opulent, now ruined residence of the tyrannical Robert Stewart, dating to the late 1500's.
Location: Birsay village centre, HY 248277 / closer kiosk stables
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Small toilet block just down the road to the south - the only public toilets in the area.

Name: Zanzibar Cottage ☆☆☆
Description: This wooden house was the destination when James May and Richard Hammond raced Royal Mail to deliver a letter the length of the UK (and lost). Exterior view only, but worth looking out for if you watch the programme.
Location: Just north of Birsay centre on the road to the Brough of Birsay, HY 247279 / nylon crumbles trio

Nearby

>> see separate post for Walk: Birsay noups & geos ☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see Brough of Birsay post for Brough of Birsay (buildings) ★☆☆; Brough of Birsay (island) ★☆☆ (1 mile away)

[Zanzibar Cottage]

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