Interesting Info
Two boat graves were discovered at Westness with remains of men with weapons and tools. One man appears to have died fighting, with 4 arrowheads in his body.
Useful Advice
The 17 mile road round Rousay make a very pleasant, sometimes steep, cycle run.
Essential sites to visit
Midhowe Broch
Midhowe Chambered Cairn
Blackhammar Tomb
Taversoe Tuick
Knowe of Yarso
Westness Walk
Rousay Phonebox

Blackhammar Chambered CairnRousay, Egypt of the North, is a circular island with a hilly moorland centre; the edges are farmed, and a road encircles the island.

If you have any interest in archaeology, then Rousay is a must-visit on your itinerary during your visit to Orkney. Along the roadside, perhaps 1 or 2 km apart, are small, perfectly Midhowe Stalled Cairnformed stalled cairns from Neolithic times. They have great names; Blackhammar, Taversoe Tuick, and the Knowe of Yarso. To the west of the island is a massive stalled cairn - Midhowe - the great ship of death, which is 76 ft long. So important a discovery, a hanger has been built over Midhowe so that it could remain open for inspection without being destroyed by the elements. Right next to this is an impressive Iron Age fortress to explore, Midhowe Broch. The Faraclett Headthick walls still stand today. To the east is the Westness Walk, which takes you to Westness House and chapel built in the 18th century. Westness is also a viking site, with Viking burials discovered here.

Rousay is a superb island to explore and has dramatic views (the best found during a walk around Faraclett head, gives a view north to Westray sound and shows Rousay's dramatic cliffs falling into the sea) It also has fascinating history, and friendly local shops and pubs. The island is served by the ferry from Tingwall. The same ferry also stops at Rousay's neighbours, Egilsay and Wyre.

George Mackay Brown
The road here undulates along the sheer hill half-way up. Below are Pictish Brochs, Eynhallow with its roosts and the treacherous foreshore where Earl Paul was seized and bundled into Sweyn the Outlaw's ship. Above, over the summit of the hills, lie the Muckle Water and Peerie Water, which trout-fishers speak of with reverence.
George Mackay Brown, Northern Lights

Cedarlee Self Catering Alison Mainland, Brinian, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU
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Cedarlee Self Catering
Cedarlee is a purpose-built, cedar-clad, 2 bedroom cottage situated in its own grounds among trees, 5 minutes walk from Rousay pier. Views across farmland and the sea towards Wyre, Gairsay and the Orkney mainland. Ideal base for hill walking, bird watching amd exploring Rousay's rich archaeology. Open all year.

Midhowe Broch photo © Magnus Dixon, Telephone box, Rousay photo © Magnus Dixon, Blackhammar photo © Magnus Dixon, Midhowe Cairn photo © Magnus Dixon, Faraclett Head photo © Magnus Dixon. All text © Magnus Dixon. GMB extract © The Estate of George Mackay Brown.

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