Discover Rousay...

Rousay is incredibly rich in archaeology, with 166 sites in total for you to discover, but this unique island has so much more to offer, with breathtaking scenery, bird-watching, wildlife, fishing, and plenty more activities and events for whichever time of year you choose to visit.

All of the sites are FREE to visit, including the local Heritage Centre, which documents the history and archaeology of Rousay, and is a good place to start exploring!

Broland Self-Catering is within walking distance of one of two island shops, stocking the essential groceries, local produce, and souvenir items, and a filling station.

Rousay also has two restaurants and public bars where you can experience tasty meals and sample a range of beverages, including award-winning Orkney beers.

More to explore...

Rousay offers the best of both worlds; here, you'll find a quiet, relaxing, and unspoilt environment, with plenty of local activities and services; however, the island is only a 25-minute ferry journey from the Mainland of Orkney, so you are never too far away from even more activities, shops/supermarkets, and a leisure centre and cinema.

But before that, Rousay is only a 5-minute ferry journey from the island of Wyre. Like Rousay, Wyre is proud of its archaeological roots, with the oldest dated squarekeep castle in Scotland, Cubbie Roo's Castle, which has been so well-preserved, that it's definately worth a visit.

The nearby island of Egilsay, just 15 minutes away by ferry is home to St. Magnus Church, which was built in honour of Orkney's Saint Magnus. Visit, and you'll see its Irish-style round tower - so rare, that there are only three other towers of this style in Britain.

For more information and photographs on Rousay, visit - the website also contains information and photographs on Egilsay and Wyre, and the range of local services which you are welcome to use during your stay on Rousay.