Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre
From the Stone Age to the present, the seas have brought to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre a blend of people who have left an imprint of their lives for all to see. There are nearly 200 sites of archaeological and historical interest on the three islands, providing a rich spectrum of settlement. In addition, the islands contain a wide variety of flora and fauna, with habitats for both animal and plant life, which include moorland, maritime heath, farmland, wetland and shore, each with its own particular characteristics.
Rousay is a hilly island, scarred by glacial terracing. .It has a population of about 200 and contains some of the richest and best preserved monuments in Orkney. To the west, lie cairns and brochs which are freely open to the public and enable visitors to wander through 5000 years of history. The Heritage Centre, at the Rousay pier, provides a good overview of all aspects of Rousay life, past and present..
On Egilsay, the Church of St. Magnus stands silhouetted against a canopy of sky, a constant reminder of the Vikings and the heritage they left behind, still present in local farm and place names.
Kolbein Hruga, the giant Cubbie Roo in the legend, built a castle on Wyre, which stands near the church dedicated to St. Mary.
This group of islands encompasses the unique heritage of Orkney, with plenty to offer the visitor.
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