Snabrough Broch

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Snabrough broch


Snabrough broch in the background
Type: Broch
Grid reference: HP56830271
Location: 60°42’13"N, 0°57’39"W
Built Iron Age

Snabrough Broch is a ruined broch on Shetland's northernmost island, Unst. It overlooks Snabrough Loch.

The broch m ay be found by the loch south of Burragarth, about 500 yards east of Bluemull Sound. It stands on a short, low promontory on the loch shore, and is surrounded to the north by rolling cultivable land.[1]


Snabrough Broch has an external diameter of around 60 feet.[1] Little of its structure can be seen, but traces of the inner and outer faces of the broch wall are on the southeast side.[1] The entrance is on the north-west side, but is filled with debris.[1] The broch was visited by the antiquarian George Low in the 18th century, who noted "large hollow apartments ... following the curve of the wall"; these are no longer visible.[1]

On the landward side of the broch there was an outer wall or rampart with a ditch, which curved across the broad neck of the promontory.[1] Between the outer wall and the broch there may have been some out-buildings.[1]

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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