Mousa Broch, A Fortified Stronghold in the Shetland Islands, Scotland

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. The Mousa Broch is a forified refuge on Mousa Island in the Shetland Islands about 90 miles north of the coast of Scotland. It is about 2000 years old and was used for about 1400 years. It is built of dry stone (no mortar or fastners) and is over 50 feet tall. There are two very thick walls with a staircase between them that spirals up to the top. Remains of several of these have been found in northern Scotland, but this is the best preserved one.

    Taken from our ship anchored offshore. The only entrance was the small low doorway on the right. Imagine trying to get in with the inhabitants dropping stones from above:eek::
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    Inside views:
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    You can see the doorway from the inside:
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    Inside, looking up, there were originally a couple of wooden floors inside:
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    Bob & Nan
     
  2. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Bob and Nan, I've been making my way slowly through the images from your latest adventure -- stopping to google locations and points of interest. Great stuff:cool:! Thanks for taking us along.
     
  3. What a beautiful place, I must put it on my to see list.