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An Amazing Cairn

Blackhammer cairn is different than other cairns we've visited--much longer than any except Midhowe... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Bob J
Well Lit Cairn of Note

Well worth a visit. This chambered cairn is well lit with skylights. There is parking nearby and... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Julie D
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

Blackhammer cairn is different than other cairns we've visited--much longer than any except Midhowe down the road. You climb down into the cairn and have it lighted by protective skylights. Well worth the effort no matter how many others you've seen.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob J
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Well worth a visit. This chambered cairn is well lit with skylights. There is parking nearby and anyone who does neolithic history will love to visit this site. An easy entry to the cairn makes it more inviting.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

This is one of four neolithic tombs in a short stretch of road before the closed Midhowe one. If you're into this sort of pre-history site it (and the other 3) are a must-see. The walk-ins are very boggy so good footwear essential - this...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank John B
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Another hidden gem on Rousay, visited with Paddy from Rousay Tours as our guide. It would be easy to miss this burial cairn unless you travel with a local.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Phyllisqueensland
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Thank you Orcadians for letting us tourists share some of your wonderful heritage. Where else in the UK could one just drop into an ancient tomb by oneself?

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 770gill
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

impressive small chambered burial cairn right by the road to Midhowe. Stunning views. good to visit along with the others along the road; a lovely cycle ride.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Julie O
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Its a few yards walk from the road, where there is room for about three cars to park. Access is down a few steps on a meatal ladder and inside it looks a bit like an old milking parlour. It's several thousand years old and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 18 June 2017

A little different from the other cairns and a little tricky to get into but worth the effort. It has been well preserved.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank bbbasinger
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

What an atmospheric place this is a walk back in time and imagine what the conditions were like brilliant

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

You can climb into this cairn and get a real feeling of the place. You begin to appreciate the skills that the ancient peoples had. I wish I had seen such places as a child I might have had a better appreciation of our past.

Date of experience: May 2017
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