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Broch of Houlland,broch,Tumblin Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2678 / 60°16'4"N

Longitude: -1.3783 / 1°22'41"W

OS Eastings: 434498

OS Northings: 1153892

OS Grid: HU344538

Mapcode National: GBR Q1YL.P50

Mapcode Global: XHD2Q.G56W

Entry Name: Broch of Houlland,broch,Tumblin Hill

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5726

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a broch with possible outer buildings, situated just to the W of the croft buildings at Brough, on Tumblin Hill.

The broch has been 15.7m in diameter, but is now reduced to its foundations. The ground around is uneven in appearance, and may contain the foundations of contemporary or later buildings around the broch. An irregular outer enclosure is more likely to be agricultural than defensive in nature.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, defined by an old stone wall, and measures a maximum of 50m NE-SW by 45m NW-SE, to include the broch and an area around it in which traces of related structures may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a broch in a very unusual situation: a hill-top as far from the sea as it is possible to get in this area of Shetland. It has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide information about the domestic and defensive architecture of the Iron Age, and in particular about the range of purposes which brochs served in the settlement pattern of the period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 35 SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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