The major archaeological sites are clearly labelled from the road ringing the island. Heading west from the ferry, you soon come to...
Undergoing extensive restoration at the time of research, this is probably the largest private house in Orkney. The grounds, with their...
Blackhammer, 1.5 miles west of the ferry pier, is a chambered cairn that served as the burial place for a farming community around 2500...
Just above the ferry, this simple place does burgers and standard bar meals, and is good for a coffee or a whisky while waiting for the...
Lonely Planet review
The south shore of Rousay from Midhowe Tomb to Westness Farm has been described as the richest archaeological mile in Britain, recording 5000 years of Orkney history. Here you can see the remains of human habitation ranging from the neolithic through the Iron Age to Viking and Pictish burial sites, medieval farms and the 12th-century St Mary's Church .
The coast here is a good place for watching seals and otters, looking out across the turbulent tidal waters of Eynhallow Sound to the Broch of Gurness. The little island of Eynhallow , now uninhabited, was once a sacred place, and houses the ruins of an early Celtic chapel (the name is Old Norse for 'holy island').
Tourist offices on Mainland can provide a Westness Walk leaflet detailing this mile-long hike.