Archaeological sights in Rousay
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The major archaeological sites are clearly labelled from the road ringing the island. Heading west from the ferry, you soon come to Taversoe Tuick, an intriguing burial cairn constructed on two levels, with separate entrances – perhaps a joint tomb for different families; a semidetached solution in posthumous housing. Squeeze into the cairn to explore both levels, but there's not much space. Not far beyond are two other significant cairns; Blackhammer, then Knowe of Yarso, the latter a fair walk up the hill but with majestic views.
Six miles from the ferry, mighty Midhowe Cairn has been dubbed the 'Great Ship of Death'. Built around 3500 BC and enormous in size, it's…