Orkney Islands/Rousay

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Rousay (From Old Norse Hrólfs-øy meaning Rolf's Island)

A small but hilly island about 2 miles off the north side of Orkney's Mainland, which has been nicknamed "the Egypt of the north" due to its astounding archaeological diversity and importance.

The island has evidence from every stage in the history of Orkney, with Neolithic settlement at Rinyo, Bronze Age Burnt mounds, Iron Age Crannogs and Brochs (the highest density anywhere in Scotland: 3 within 500 metres of coastline), Viking boat burials, remains of a Medieval church and the Stately home at Trumland.