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Broch of Burra Ness

The remains of the substantial Broch of Burra Ness lie on the northeastern shore of the peninsula of Burra Ness, overlooking Bluemull Sound on the NE coast of the island of Yell in Shetland. Although much-ruined the seaward walls of the broch still rise to 4.25m (14 feet) and are 4.5m (15 feet) in thickness. The diameter of the original structure was 18m (60 feet) and their is evidence of a gallery within the walls. The broch was once surrounded by lesser buildings and there is evidence of a protective earthen ramparts beyond. The small settlement of North Sandwick lies a mile (1.5 km) to the north northwest.


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