Ness of Burgi

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Coordinates: 59°51′35″N 1°18′38″W / 59.859644°N 1.31042°W / 59.859644; -1.31042

Ness of Burgi
Northern part of the Ness looking inland towards Scatness.  The structure in the foreground is part of the Ness of Burgi fort
Northern part of the Ness looking inland towards Scatness. The structure in the foreground is part of the Ness of Burgi fort
Location
Ness of Burgi is located in Shetland
Ness of Burgi
Ness of Burgi
Ness of Burgi shown within Scotland
OS grid reference HU 3877 0855
Coordinates 59°51′35″N 1°18′38″W / 59.859644°N 1.31042°W / 59.859644; -1.31042
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
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The Ness of Burgi is a narrow peninsula that stretches to the south from the Scat Ness headland of Mainland, Shetland, a Scottish island. It is in the parish of Dunrossness.

The Ness is less than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) long, running in south of southwest direction from Scat Ness. It terminates with the rocks of the Hog of the Ness. Offshore from the point are the Hog of the Holm and Horse Island.[1]

The Ness of Burgi fort, probably built around 100 BC in the Iron Age, lies on the Ness. The fort is isolated by a rampart and had a ditch on either side. A ruined stone wall, now a low bank covered in turf, runs from side to side of the promontory and may be part of the fortification. In 1935 the site was excavated by Miss C L Mowbray.[2] The fort is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south from the village of Scatness, and may be reached by foot along a grass path that leads to the Ness of Burgi. The fort is on a rocky promontory on the east side of the Ness and is open to the public at all times.[3]

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