Historic Scotland

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Stand in the shadow of the best-preserved broch in Scotland, then climb the winding staircase to the top.

Brochs are a kind of Iron Age roundhouse found only in Scotland, and Mousa is the best-preserved of them all. Thought to have been constructed in about 300 BC, it stands 13m tall, a totem of Scottish prehistory.

It appears twice in Norse sagas. One recounts how an eloping couple took refuge here after a shipwreck en route to Iceland in AD 900, while another describes the broch as ‘an unhandy place to get at’ for an attack.