Rousay has been called the "Egypt of the North" as a result of the density of it's prehistoric sites.
The island has been inhabited for over 5'000 years and there are five well presented monuments which are maintained by Historic Scotland and freely open to the public
The island has evidence from every stage in the history of Orkney, with a Neolithic settlement at Rinyo, Bronze Age burnt mounds, Iron Age crannogs and brochs, Viking boat burials, remains of a medieval church and the stately home at Trumland.
Rousay Heritage Centre
Located on the pier front you will find a host of information about Rousay; from history to geology to bird life to farming.
The building also houses the waiting room for the ferry, a shower and wc.
Rousay Regatta &
Saturday June 30th 2012
Formal Sailboat Races
Family Fun Games
A Smoking BBQ
Awesome Raft Race
Head down to the Rousay Pier for a fantastic day out Proceeds to the RNLI
Rousay's central location; nestled amongst the
other islands, it's unique landscape; the second
most hilly of the Orkney islands with strong
glacial scarring, and it's , astounding history Rousay
is a walker's paradise.
Coastal paths, moorland tracks, or just a Garden stroll - Rousay has it all