Snabrough broch

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Snabrough broch
Snabroughbroch.jpg
Snabrough broch in the background
Snabrough broch is located in Shetland
Snabrough broch
Shown within Shetland
Location Unst, Shetland
Coordinates 60°42′12″N 0°57′41″W / 60.703433°N 0.961347°W / 60.703433; -0.961347
Type Broch
History
Periods Iron Age

Snabrough broch is a ruined broch located on the island of Unst in Shetland, Scotland. It overlooks Snabrough Loch.

Location[edit]

Snabrough Broch overlooks Snabrough Loch, south of Burragarth on Unst. It is about 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) east of Bluemull Sound. It stands on a short, low promontory on the loch shore, and is surrounded to the north by rolling cultivable land.[1]

Description[edit]

Snabrough Broch has an external diameter of around 18 metres.[1] Little of its structure can be seen, but traces of the inner and outer faces of the broch wall are on the southeast side.[1] The entrance is on the northwest side, but is filled with debris.[1] The broch was visited by the antiquarian George Low in the 18th century, who noted "large hollow apartments ... following the curve of the wall"; these are no longer visible.[1]

On the landward side of the broch there was an outer wall or rampart with a ditch, which curved across the broad neck of the promontory.[1] Between the outer wall and the broch there may have been some out-buildings.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Site Record for Unst, Loch Of Snabrough Sna Broch". RCAHMS. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Snabrough Broch at Wikimedia Commons