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Please continue to follow government guidance, staying 2 metres away from other visitors, and bring your own hand sanitiser with you, to help keep everyone safe.

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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