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Blackhammer Cairn(s)
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Broch of Midhowe Broch
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Cubbie Roo's Burden Chambered Cairn
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Knitchen Hill Cairn(s)
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Knowe of Burrian Broch
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Knowe of Hunclett Broch
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Knowe of Lairo Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Ramsay Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Rowiegar Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn
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Loch of Wasbister Crannog
6 posts
Long Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Midhowe Chambered Cairn
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North Howe Broch
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Quendal Cairn(s)
3 posts
South Howe Broch
26 posts
Taversoe Tuick Chambered Tomb
1 post
Westness Chambered Cairn
1 post
Whoom Cairn(s)
5 posts
Yetnessteen Standing Stone / Menhir


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Knowe of Swandro lecture

Thursaday 8.00 in the St Magnus Centre on Palace Road, Kirkwall - results of this year's dig including tomb. Free talk ''Snatched from the Sea : Excavations at Swandro, the story so far.''
wideford Posted by wideford
31st July 2013ce
Edited 31st July 2013ce

Knowe of Swandro

This season's dig is showing that rather than a broch this is at heart a (Neolithic) chambered tomb - there is an item in this morning's Radio Orkney program (online later). There's only another week to go and the Open Day is this Sunday, July 22nd, from 11.30.
wideford Posted by wideford
20th July 2012ce
Edited 20th July 2012ce

Braes o Ha'breck excavation resumes

On Wyre about to start again (May 2nd) and will continue posting at .
wideford Posted by wideford
8th March 2011ce
Edited 12th March 2011ce

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<b>Rousay</b>Posted by wideford


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Visited Orkney last week and spent a day on Rousay. Unfortunately Midhowe was closed due to Foot in Mouth, but we went to 3 of the other chambered cairns.
Walking from the ferry terminal, the first along the way is also the most impressive-Taversoe Tuick. Discovered about 100 y ago, in true Victorian fashion by the Lady of the house in whose grounds the tomb is located (she was shocked to think of the summer afternoons spent lying on the mound unaware of the skeletons a short distance below the surface). The tomb is unusual, having two layers, and seems to have been designed this way rather than having a second tier added at a later time. Access is through an artificial opening in the upper layer-the original creep is very low & narrow and blocked by a grille. There's an exciting feeling inside - a metal ladder allows access to the lower chambers, all of which are well preserved. There's a glass roof which leaves the chamber feeling bright and airy, not damp at all. Outside there's a small chamber adjacent to the main tomb with a heavy wooden door covering it over - the boy had to creep inside and be closed in...
About a mile further along the road is Blackhammer cairn, situated about 50 yards from the roadside. This is a long stalled cairn, reminiscent of Unstan, but longer. It is preserved up to chest height, with concrete walls & ceiling. A heavy sliding door permits access in the midpart of the tomb - alas no symbolic crawling to enter.

The third cairn we visited was the Knowe of Yarso. This is a further mile away, but requires you to take a path (signposted) up a farm track and over some heather hillside for about 1/2 a mile from the roadside. We did this in a sudden blizzard of snow and hail, which made the cairn a real haven when we reached it. Again it is of stalled construction, with an outer and an inner chamber, reasonably large. Entry via a metal door - no creep. Again, it is preserved about 5 feet from the ground, with concrete above. A bit of a disappointment after the walk up - had little atmosphere I felt. The view from the top is spectacular however - looking over Eynhallow and the mainland.
Posted by a23
24th April 2001ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce


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Not too far away from the Long Stone, at HY380335 above Moan, is an earthfast stone 0.65m tall but 1.55m wide that is likely to be the stump of another standing stone. Lost/gone is the Westoval Stone, this was on a ridge called Steenie Festoval on the northern slope of Blotchnie Fiold (roughly HY4129) - if found, please return to owner. wideford Posted by wideford
9th July 2006ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce

Getting to Rousay
Orkney Ferries
Shore Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LG
Telephone: 01856 872044
Fax: 01856 872921
Jane Posted by Jane
30th June 2004ce
Edited 7th June 2007ce

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Taversoe Tuick (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

Entering the enclosure the second thing I noticed after the cairn itself was a shallow trench all around the ege of the mound, and outside that a lot of stones of decent size. Canmore says "bounded by a wall-face of horizontally laid stones. Surrounding the cairn is a spread of loose flat stones forming a sort of platform. An alley, clear of stones, led through it up to the W edge of the cairn". Alley past tense. Before tackling the mound I investigated the other piece of the puzzle. This now has an angled metal door that swings out. This is where a fold-out screen comes in useful, sitting down on the horizontal stone and sticking the camera inside on wide angle. Then up to the main prize. I was very careful with the ladder in the cairn, starting face forward at the start, and the space between the rungs is over-large so that it would be all too easy for the whole leg to slip between them - I would have preferred to have someone with me just in case ! wideford Posted by wideford
6th September 2016ce

Knowe of Yarso (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Just to emphasise it is a really steep climb, a very windy narrow path i places a foot wide. And when it levels out coming to the cairn there is a near vertical drop on the left, so not advisable if the wind is high wideford Posted by wideford
3rd September 2016ce

Taversoe Tuick (Chambered Tomb) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Blackhammer (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Knowe of Yarso (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Knitchen Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

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