Ness of Burgi Fort

Virkie, United Kingdom

The Ness of Burgi fort is an iron-age promontory fort. It is about 1.6 km south from the village of Scatness, and may be reached by foot along a grass path that leads to the headland of 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.

The blockhouse seems to be excessively large for the area that it protects, and so was perhaps more designed to impress rather than to defend. The blockhouse structure seems to have been built as an integral part of the defensive wall. The walls do not reach the edges of the cliffs on either side. There is no evidence that they once reached further and since have been shortened through natural or human activity. The ends are properly finished. It seems that the gaps were deliberate, and defense was not a primary concern. In fact, there are other points on the promontory that provide equally good natural defensive positions.

There may be some similarity in this incomplete defensive wall with the forework of the Broch of Clickimin, the Huxter Fort and the Crosskirk Broch. These works may be seen as prototypes that evolved into the brochs that were later built in the islands and the Scottish and Irish mainlands.

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Founded: 100 BC
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom

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Cyclizine (3 years ago)
Great breezy walk out across the headland to an intriguing archaeological site.
Ross Munro (3 years ago)
A absolutely fantastic walk. Beautiful scenery and some fantastic archeology. Was my first time ever being there. Definitely will return for many more walks.
Jane Leask (5 years ago)
Gorgeous scenery and historic interest going back 2000 years
Andy McLaughlin (5 years ago)
OPA Barnhoorn (6 years ago)
Mooi gebied om in te wandelen. In juni door bloemenvelden. Op het hoogste punt een prachtig uitzicht naar alle kanten.
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