Burra Ness Broch

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Burra Ness Broch


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Burra Ness Broch
Type: Broch
Grid reference: HU55729572
Location: 60°38’27"N, 0°58’59"W
Built Iron Age

Burra Ness Broch is an Iron Age broch located on the east coast of the island of Yell, Shetland.[1]

The broch is to be found a mile and a half south of the small village of Gutcher on the tip of the headland of Burra Ness.[2] It can be reached by a path south from the settlement of North Sandwick.[2]


The broch has an external diameter of about 60 feet.[3] The outer wall is around 15 feet thick, and stands over 13 feet high on the east side.[2] Two hundred years ago the broch is reported to have been 20 feet high, and the beginning of a bell-shaped profile was clearly visible.[3] Internally a "scarcement" ledge to support an upper floor is visible some 13 feet above the ground.[2] There are signs of an upper intramural gallery, and there are traces of intramural "guard cell" on the southeast side but no remains of the entrance can be seen.[3] There are traces of outbuildings towards the north, south and southeast, and slight indications of surrounding ramparts.[3]

The ruins of a later farm can be seen about 100 yards to the south.[3]

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  1. Burra Ness Broch - scheduled monument detail (Historic Environment Scotland)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Noonan, Damien (2000). Castles & Ancient Monuments of Scotland. p. 187. ISBN 1566491886. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 CANMORE (RCAHMS) record of Yell; Burra Ness
Prehistoric Shetland

Benie HooseFunzie GirtHjaltadans Stone CirclePettigarths Field CairnsScord of BrousterStanding Stones of YoxieStanydale TempleVementry

Iron Age brochs

ClickiminCulswickMousaBurra NessClumlieHuxterNess of BurgiSnabroughWest Burrafirth


St Ninian's Isle TreasureLunnasting stone

Mixed period

JarlshofOld Scatness