Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Traverse  a narrow causeway to discover an extraordinary defensive stone-built blockhouse. 

Ness of Burgi is an intriguing Iron Age ruin. Situated on a narrow promontory, the site is dominated by a so-called ‘blockhouse fort’ – a rare type of monument of which there are only three confirmed examples, all in Shetland. 

The blockhouse is bordered on three sides by steep coastal cliffs, and defended on the landward side by a ditch and rampart. It’s a fairly difficult walk to reach the monument, so access is only recommended for those comfortable with traversing uneven ground and rocks.