Mousa Nature Reserve~

Mousa is an island and nature reserve in The Shetland Islands in Scotland. (Click to enlarge photos).

It is home to a variety of nesting birds, and the waters around the island are home to seals, porpoise and whales, including minke and orca.

The island is uninhabited,

and has the best preserved Iron Age Broch Guard tower in Scotland.

Mousa’s Broch is the tallest in Britain and is 2000 years old.

You can climb the tower’s eerie interior and take in the panoramic ocean views from the top.

The island is stark, unspoiled,

and beautiful.

Cheers to you from the stunning Shetland Islands~

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  3. and no trees; that’s what got me about these Scottish Islands. BTW, Cindy, if you want a good novel about the weirdness that’s Shetland, try The Adderstane by Avalina Kreska

  4. I love the starkness! It’s absolutely beautiful. I’m surprised they let anyone go inside and climb up as someone could cause damage. Maybe it’s from my visual perspective. There was a series on Netflix I watched called Shetland that first introduced me to that rather austere way of living. So glad to see you get to visit first hand. Great photos. Scones, jam and clotted cream are right up my ally. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy.

    1. The jam, the clotted cream, the scones and tea, take the sting out of the bitter winds! Tomorrow we are headed for quite a hike and it is a “bit blowy” outside! πŸ˜‰

  5. Stunning photos. Our daughter and her husband are moving to Scotland (Glasgow area) next week for three years (maybe longer). My wife and I plan to visit periodically. We’ll definitely hit the Shetland Islands!

    1. The Shetlands, The Hebrides, all of Scotland is so incredibly beautitul, and I do not say this just because my grandmother was a Scot. You will enjoy every visit <3

    1. It is hard to even imagine the hardship of their lives. The hardiest people I have yet encountered were The Tierra del Fuegans, who went around basically naked, greased in seal fat, all year long! There was one last surviving Tierra del Fuegan woman. I am not sure of her status.

  6. Cindy, I love green, so you know I like these photos. Green or not they’re amazing. I think I could count every blade of grass. I love the upward looking shot of the inside of the tower too. Way cool! Hugs on the wing!

    1. I can’t imagine the iron age people living here all winter long, with the fierce wind and gales. They lived surrounded by thick rock walls, with no windows, partially underground, but had to go out to fish and forage. Amazing.

  7. This was a wonderful virtual tour of the Moussa Nature Reserve. The photos are absolutely superb, Cindy. The stark beauty of the island and the solitude must have made a deep impression on you. Have a great day! Peter

  8. Such a stark, yet stunning, place! My dog’s ancestors hail from the Shetland Islands — perhaps the loneliness of this area contributes to the Sheltie’s typical standoffishness. I’d love to visit there — thanks for showing me what I’m missing, Cindy!

    1. The ponies and the doggies are short in stature to keep stuck to the ground in these fierce winds, and the coats to keep them warm and dry. We are visiting communities with such small populations, that I can see why both the ponies and the sheepdogs may well be standoffish.

  9. This lonely beauty has so much history. When I see remnants of homes and other structures, I wonder about the people who once spent time there. So many stories could be told – if we only knew. Photos are amazing, as always!

  10. Over 2000 years old puts it in the Roman era. The tower likely served as a lookout against the Romans since Scotland did not fall. Did you climb to the top of the tower?

  11. What a serene place, and that tower is extraordinary. Beautiful photographs Cindy. I love the house remains – can imagine them with thatched roofs and smoke coming from the chimney.

  12. The stone walls found throughout Scotland and Ireland are intriguing. Some date back to the 14th century. Typically, they were built without mortar and are still standing 700 years later.

  13. Love it, Cindy! Great shots as usual – and thank you for taking me there. there is something about Scotland and Ireland that touches my soul.

  14. The interior of the tower must be a fascinating view also. The climb to the top to see the panoramic view is a plus. The land has been preserved in time. I hope it stays that way.

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