How do I get to Rousay? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Barra, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Sumburgh (Shetland). Most flights are via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness. Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminals in Aberdeen (to Kirkwall) and Scrabster (to Stromness). Alternatively, you could travel by Pentland Ferries on the Gill´s Bay to St Margert´s Hope route. Finally, John O´ Groats passenger only ferries run from John O´Groats to South Ronaldsay. From May to September, there is a direct bus route from Inverness to John O´Groats that meets with the ferry - this is known as ´The Orkney Bus´. There is a ferry to Rousay from Tingwall, on mainland Orkney. it is also possible to get there from Egilsay and Wyre.
What's worth visiting on Rousay? Rousay has an amazing archaeological heritage. This includes the Westness Walk, purported to be the most important archaeological mile in scotland. Midhowe Broch - a Bronze/Iron age fortified dwelling with nearby stone-age Cairn. There is also the Rousay Heritage Centre next to the Ferry Terminal, with information on Egilsay and Wyre as well as Rousay. See 'Round Rousay' on the Blog page.
Where can I stay on Rousay? The Taversoe (which also has an on-island courtesy Bus available to residential guests). Bed and Breakfast is available at Greenfield B & B and there is self-catering available at Trumland Farm and Faraclett Cottage. There is also a Hostel at Trumland Farm.
Are there any books/DVD's about Rousay?
- The Little General and the Rousay Crofters: Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate by William P.L. Thomson,
- The Wildlife of Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre by Craig Whyte,
- From My Rousay Schoolbag by Robert C. Marwick
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