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The Blackhammer Cairn, Rousay

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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 1 week ago
Julie D
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Waterloo, Canada
Short walk in but ladder entry

This is one of four neolithic tombs in a short stretch of road before the closed Midhowe one. If... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
John B
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Colne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Julie D
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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

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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.

Thank Phyllisqueensland
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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?

Thank 770gill
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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.

Thank Julie O
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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

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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.

Thank bbbasinger
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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

Thank Brian/Susan P
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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.

Thank Old60timer
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Having found Midhowe impossible to access if you are not fully able bodied we came across this cairn which is near the road. It is accessible, interesting, well kept and free. Well worth a look.

1  Thank Sue R
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