Midhowe Chambered Cairn

Island of Rousay, Orkney

 

Overview

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, access around the cairn is not currently possible but the walkway is open to visitors. Find out more about our conservation work

Experience one of the finest chambered cairns in Scotland, in its rather unusual setting.

Midhowe is one of 15 Neolithic chambered cairns on the island of Rousay, and by far the largest and the best to visit. A modern hangar protects the tomb from the elements. Visitors can admire the compartments (or stalls) from above by walkways.

Chambered tombs of this kind were communal burial places, frequently visited by the living for new interments and possibly during festivals. The remains of at least 25 humans have been found here.

Other chambered cairns on Rousay’s south coast in our care are, from east to west, Taversoe Tuick, Blackhammer and Knowe of Yarso.

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Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, access around the cairn is not currently possible but the walkway is open to visitors

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