The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village on the northwest coast of Mainland Orkney in Scotland overlooking Eynhallow Sound.
Pieces of a Roman amphora dating to before 60 AD were found at the Broch of Gurness, lending weight to the record that a “King of Orkney” submitted to Emperor Claudius at Colchester in 43 AD.
A broch is an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure of a type found only in Scotland. The word broch is derived from Lowland Scots ‘brough’, meaning (among other things) fort. Archaeologically the structures are classified as Atlantic Roundhouses.