Birsay was already steeped in ancient history when it became the centre of viking power

Birsay Outdoor Centre - St. Magnus's Church - Christchurch - Viking history - self catered accommodation

… visit Birsay to form the next layer of history.

Birsay was already steeped in ancient history when it became the centre of viking power in the days of Earl Thorfin of Saga fame. Otherwise known as “the Black” and “Thorfin the Mighty”, born in the Orkney Islands and burried at the ancient “Christchurch” which is now believed to be on the site of  St. Mangus’ Church located one mile from Birsay Outdoor Centre!

St. Magnus is said to have been buried on the foundations where St. Magnus’ Church now stands. Each chapter of this little island’s history has left iconic landmarks to remind us of the rich heritage this peaceful farming area once had, including centuries later, when Earl Robert Stuart, bastard brother of King James V, built his palace here…. visit Birsay to form the next layer of history.

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