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An Amazing Cairn

Blackhammer cairn is different than other cairns we've visited--much longer than any except Midhowe... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bob J
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 10 July 2018
Julie D
Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

This multi (7) cell cairn dates back from 3000BC and i still standing and dry (OK a bit mossy). After Taveroe Tuick which was OK but hard to see inside this was the first WOW in the trip round Rousay. Vey close to the car...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blackhammer cairn is different than other cairns we've visited--much longer than any except Midhowe down the road. You climb down into the cairn and have it lighted by protective skylights. Well worth the effort no matter how many others you've seen.

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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.

1  Thank Julie D
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

2  Thank John B
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
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
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
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

Thank Jeff1903
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
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
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.

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