Old Scatness Broch

Shetland, United Kingdom

Old Scatness is an archeological site consisting of medieval, Viking, Pictish, and Bronze Age remains. It has been a settlement for thousands of years, each new generation adding buildings, and leveling off old ones. A broch was discovered in 1975 and has been dated to 400-200 BC. The site is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust. In the summer, costumed guides provide tours of the site and the replica Iron Age and Pictish buildings. The visitor centre also includes exhibits, and there are demonstrations of ancient crafts.



Your name


Founded: 400-200 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom


4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Shirley & Piers Miller (9 months ago)
The tour guide was brilliant and the site was amazing. You have to have a tour and they start at particular times so we had to go away and come back later, so it would have been better to have phoned to check times if we'd had a phone connection.
L L (11 months ago)
The guides are super knowledgeable. This place is a treasure, and the guides are all archeologists. You learn so much!
Richard Ion (11 months ago)
Fascinating tour of a remarkable monument and piece of history. Shame it's only open for tours one day a week.
New Roads (2 years ago)
Very special area,make a special effort to visit.
Camron Hall (3 years ago)
Amazing Location
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.