A settlement and parish at the northwest corner of the Mainland of Orkney, Birsay looks out onto Birsay Bay and the grass-covered tidal island known as the Brough of Birsay with its early Christian and Norse settlements. Known as the 'garden of Orkney', the farm land of Birsay produces oats and barley. Buildings of interest include the Barony Mill and the ruins of Earl Stewart's Palace which was the home of the Earl's of Orkney before they moved to Kirkwall in the 12th Century.

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