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Roam the grounds of Britain’s northernmost castle, a remarkably fine tower house of the late 1500s. 

Muness Castle is a splendid example of tower house architecture, and it’s full of delightful touches. Here it’s easy to appreciate how the family, servants and visitors would have used the internal space of the castle. 

It was built for Laurence Bruce of Cultmalindie – a prominent figure during a turbulent time in Shetland. Accused of oppression of the Shetland people, Bruce is also portrayed as heroic in some legends. 

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