St Magnus Church
St Magnus Church
The roofless ruins of a 12th century church stand in the north west of the little isle of Egilsay, off the easter end of Rousay. The church was built in the late 12th century and is composed of a rectangular nave which terminates in a square chancel. At the west end of the church is a striking round tower, which still stands to almost its full height. The church lost its roof in the 19th century.
The church is dedicated to St Magnus, who was killed on Egilsay island. It probably stands on the site of an earlier church which was mentioned in the Orkneyinga sagas as the place where Earl Magnus was killed sometime between 1115-1118.