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Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Busta

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Busta Voe

Canmore ID 797

Site Number HU36NW 5

NGR HU 3488 6739

NGR Description HU 3487 6738 and HU 3488 6738

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU36NW 5 3487 6738 to 3488 6738.

( HU 3487 6739 ) Stone (T.I.)

O.S. 1:10,000 1973.

Standing Stone, granite, roughly square in section, with sides varying from 4' to 6' in width, and with a maximum height of 10'6". Around the base is a packing of small stones.

A smaller stone, also of granite, which lies 26' to the east and has a present height of 3'5", a width of 3'3" and a length of 4'3" may be a'standing'stone which has fallen on its side.

RCAHMS 1946. Visited 1930.

Fully described by RCAHM.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS(WDJ) 31st May 1968.


Publication Account (1997)

This is a very impressive standing stone in a spectacular situation overlooking Busta Voe (colour photograph on p.32). A stout monolith of granite which is thought to weigh some 20 tons, this stone must have required considerable labour and effort to erect, and it is interesting to see the top layer of stones used to wedge it into position in its pit. Immediately to the north-east there is another smaller stone, a squat triangular block,which must have been brought deliberately to this spot. Popular tradition has it that the larger stone was thrown here by the Devil from some hill in Northmavine.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Shetland’, (1997).


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