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Fugla Ness,broch 330m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4808 / 60°28'50"N

Longitude: -1.206 / 1°12'21"W

OS Eastings: 443745

OS Northings: 1177715

OS Grid: HU437777

Mapcode National: GBR R1C1.B2N

Mapcode Global: XHD1M.QT1N

Entry Name: Fugla Ness,broch 330m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1934

Last Amended: 22 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2080

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Delting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of an Iron Age broch, with outer buildings, protected to the landward by a double bank and ditch.

The broch survives within a mound of rubble to a height of at least 2m, and on the seawrd side may be seen the upper part of the entrance passage and the tops of two flanking cells, which have been dug into at some time. To the immediate S of the broch mound are the remains of a substantial sub-rectangular building, possibly of similar date, and slight traces around the mound suggest that other building foundations may lie nearby. The broch and these other remains lie on a flat platform, cut off from the landward side by a deep ditch and double bank, made of earth and rubble. The sea has encroached upon the site to the E, and the outer face of the broch is beginning to be undermined.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in plan, bounded on the E by the top of a low sea cliff and on the other sides by a line 10m outside the outside foot of the outer of the two defensive banks, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a broch with outer defences. Of particular importance is the sub-rectangular outer building, which may be of a late Iron Age date. Such buildings occur at a number of northern broch sites, and may represent a little-studied category of 'Pictish' dwelling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as HU47NW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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