Saints and Stones: Mousa Broch

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 at the base tapering to 39 feet at the top. The walls are almost 15 feet 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.

About Mousa Broch

Megalithic Portal: Mousa
The Modern Antiquarian: Mousa Broch
Stone Pages: Mousa
Undiscovered Scotland: Mousa Broch
Wikipedia: Broch of Mousa
Wikipedia: Broch

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.

Ordnance Survey Map (HU4559423641)

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.

Additional Photos of Mousa Broch

Boat to Mousa Broch
Mousa Broch from the Boat to Mousa Isle
Welcome to Mousa Nature Reserve, Location of Mousa Broch
Approaching Mousa Broch
Mousa Broch
Entrance to Mousa Broch
Looking into the Entrance of Mousa Broch
Interior of Mousa Broch
Chamber in Interior of Mousa Broch
Interior Wall Face of Mousa Broch
Internal Stairs Leading to the Parapet of Mousa Broch
Parapet of Mousa Broch
Broch Interior from the Top of Mousa Broch
Stairs Leading Down from the Parapet of Mousa Broch
Rear of Mousa Broch

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