Stones Journeys: Mousa Broch

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Mousa Broch is the finest surviving example of a broch in Scotland. Built some 2,000 years ago in the Iron Age from sandstone, it stands 42 feet high and measures 49 feet (12.8 meters) at the base tapering to 39 feet (8.8 meters) at the top. The walls are almost 15 feet (4.6 meters) thick. There are three large cells within the wall, and a stone staircase is also inside the wall. Despite traces of outbuildings, the broch has never been surrounded by a village. It is one of about 120+ brochs built throughout Shetland.

Journey to Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch is located on the uninhabited island of Mousa, a mile or so off the east coast of Shetland's Mainland. Access is by passenger boat during certain times of the year. Visited June 11, 2010

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Visitors Information

Visitors information for Mousa Broch may be found at the Historic Scotland website. General information on Shetland may be found at the Visit Shetland website.

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