Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Enter an ancient burial place dating back over 5,000 years.  

Knowe of Yarso is one of at least 15 chambered tombs on the small island of Rousay. These were used for communal burial and their distribution probably relates to landholding by small farming communities.  

The remains of at least 29 people were discovered inside the cairn during excavations in 1934. There were also the bones of 36 red deer – reminiscent of the 24 dog skulls found at Cuween Hill 

Together with Blackhammer, Taversoe Tuick and the magnificent stalled cairn at Midhowe, Knowe of Yarso is part of a fascinating trail through prehistory on this small Orcadian island.