Rousay is one of the more accessible of the Orkney islands, reached by a fairly regular 25 minute ferry journey from Tingwall on Mainland. The island is best known for its rich archaelogical remains, including three fine excavated chambered cairns in the south, and, in the west, Mid Howe cairn - the largest of all stalled cairns, and a well-preserved and beautifully situated broch. The interior of the island is undulating moorland - home to a bird reserve - whilst the coastline has some fine cliff-scenery with arches and blow holes.
The two smaller islands of Egilsay and Wyre are served by the same ferry as Rousay, and both are worth a visit. Walks on these islands will be added in the future; these will include a visit to the fine St Magnus' Church on Egilsay, and Cubby Roo's Castle on Wyre.
|Mid Howe Broch and Cairn, Rousay||5.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Cubbie Roo's Castle and The Taing, Wyre||7.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|The Tombs of Rousay||8km||2 - 3 hours|
|Egilsay explorer, Egilsay||11.75km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|Faraclett Head, Rousay||3.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Sacquoy Head, Rousay||6.75km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Knitchen Hill, Blotchnie Fiold and Trumland Reserve, Rousay||7.5km||2 - 3 hours|