Orkney Mainland | Village sights | ★★★

[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. You can't miss the Earl's Palace as you approach, dominating the village from the west; this once-opulent, now ruined residence of the tyrannical Robert Stewart dates to the late 1500s. The car park for the Brough of Birsay and walks towards Skipi Geo is at the Point of Buckquoy headland, half a mile further west. On the way you'll pass a hut called Zanzibar Cottage. This wooden house was the destination when Top Gear's 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.

[Earl's Palace]

Location & info

>> Brough of Birsay page: Brough of Birsay (buildings) ★★★; Brough of Birsay (island) ★★★

📌 Earl's Palace ★★★
By the A966, Birsay village centre, Orkney Mainland, HY 248277 ///closer.kiosk.stables
Always open | Free

>> Walk: Birsay noups & geos ★★

📌 Zanzibar Cottage
By minor road to Brough of Birsay, 2-min walk north of Birsay village centre, Orkney Mainland, HY 247279 ///nylon.crumbles.trio
Always viewable | Free

[Zanzibar Cottage]


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