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Burraland Broch



We were there in July 2004. Couldn't fit a Mousa boat trip in our schedule, so under a ridiculously blue sky drove south the A970 to Leebotten (where the Mousa ferry leaves), then further to Sandwick, then taking the small road that leads up to Ward of Burraland hill. At the end there was some space to park the car. Walked back down some 100m then took the first track right to Mousa Sound. Before long the track turned right alongside the sound and onward to some ruins which seemed pretty recent. A bit further was an istmus leading to a mini peninsula named Hoga according to the map. The broch is mainly in ruins, though the double wall can clearly be seen. The floor seems to have collapsed as there's a depression in the centre. Around, there's some evidence of other buildings. The setting is stupendous, the birds, the quiet - Shetland. Got good views of the Mousa Broch. Then suddenly it struck us that there must have been living some pretty advanced folk here. If so many people could have lived here for so long, than, considering it's just as far to Norway as it is to the Faroes, as it is from there to Iceland, from Iceland to Greenland... yep, it is very well possible we thought, that these people actually set foot in the Americas ages before the Iberians...
The only piece of information I readily found was "Mousa broch is smaller in diameter than most, and today there is no sign of any surrounding structures apart from a possible rampart. Across the sound its neighbour, Burraland broch, does have evidence of settlement around it, but awaits further investigation." (from and some stuff that I can't access at (Burraland loch is somewhere else; there's a lot of burra on Shetland)
More on our 2004 Shetland stay:
Bonzo the Cat Posted by Bonzo the Cat
19th May 2006ce
Edited 19th May 2006ce

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Read also this extensive 2009 account, which provides much more info: Bonzo the Cat Posted by Bonzo the Cat
12th June 2011ce
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