Broch of Mousa And The Isle Of Mousa

By | November 30, 2019

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Broch of Mousa. Source: (wikipedia)

An interesting place to visit is the Broch of Mousa.

Located on the island of Mousa in Shetland, Scotland is the tallest broch that is still standing at 44 feet high. This tall round tower is the most preserved building from the prehistoric time known as the Iron Age. Believed to be one of more than 500 broches built in 100 B.C., it has the smallest diameters at 50 feet wide as well as the thickest wall bases at 16 feet thick. This remote location could very well be the reason it has been preserved so well.

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Broch of Mousa. Source: (

Besides being a strong defensive structure because of its being lined with thick stone inside and out, it makes quite an impressive tourist attraction for visitors. It can be reached by boat which is 14 miles from Shetland, Scotland. With just one single entrance at the bottom, a tourist can climb the stairs on the inside all the way to top.

During the summer, a ferry boat is also in operation and takes visitors on trips to the island, where they can see multiple birds under partial darkness which is a spectacular sight.

At one time, Mousa was a populated place up until the middle of the 19th century. In 1774, there were 70 people there.