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Loch Of Brow

Broch (Iron Age)

Site Name Loch Of Brow

Classification Broch (Iron Age)

Canmore ID 540

Site Number HU31NE 7

NGR HU 3832 1561

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Dunrossness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU31NE 7 3832 1561

(HU 3831 1562) Brough (NR) (Site of) Stepping Stones (NAT)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1903).

A broch, the remains of which have been reduced to ground level and are now completely concealed by a heavy growth of long grass, situated on a small island which is connected to the shore by a passage of stepping-stones and a roughly laid causeway.

A portion of a saddle-quern is built into the wall of a plantie-crub (near the end of the causeway on the SW margin of the island) which has apparently been built with stones from the broch.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

As described by RCAHMS. All that remains is a circular hollow, diameter c.8.5m, presumably marking the interior of the broch, surrounded by a slight bank. Although no positive wall faces can be seen except at one point in the N where a tentative excavation has revealed a possible inner wall face, the wall appears to have been approximately 3.5m to 4.0m thick. The stepping stones and causeway are now 2ft beneath water level.

Visited by OS (AA), 21 June 1968.


Publication Account (2002)



Possible broch in Dunrossness, on a small island in the loch. The remains are now reduced to ground level. Stepping stones and a rough causeway link the island to the west shore, but are now 2 ft. below water level [1]. A saddle quern was noted nearby in 1930 [2].

Sources: 1. OS card HU 31 NE 7: 2. 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1153, 34.

E W MacKie 2002


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