"Daytrip 1, Lerwick to Mousa Broch, inc. seabirds" Shetland Favorite Tip by call_me_rhia

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  on the way to Sandsayre
by call_me_rhia
 
 

Favorite thing: Normally you‘ll see the trip to Mousa Broch offered as a guided tour, and rarely they will tell you that you can visit it independently. They might even tell you that you‘ll see more if you take the guided tour, but the truth is that you‘ll cross over to the island where the Broch stands with the same boat as the people of the guided tour. To go to the departure point is best to catch the 12 o‘clock bus from Lerwick‘s Viking station and ask the driver to let you off at the Setter Junction for Sandsayre. Sandsayre is where the boat departs, and it‘s an easy mainly flat mile walk from where the bus lets you. Boats depart at 12.30 and 14.00 – if the weather‘s nice you should not hurry to get the first boat but just take your time and find a scenic spot to sit down and eat your packed lunch. From Sandsayre a boat take you to a little islands 15 minutes away, where you can see the famous Mousa Broch, the best preserved of all the Brochs in the United Kingdom. The 13 metres high construction was built in the iron age, and you can still see all its chambers and galleries. The staircase is also intact, so you can walk up to the parapet to have a view of the entire island. As for the remain time walk around the island and see the seabirds that inhabit the cliffs. There‘s puffind, gannets, and many more types of birds, which unfortunately I could not give a name to. Seals are often spotted too, and occasioanlly even the odd whale. The boat back is at 17.00, and connects with the 17.45 bus either from Sandwick central or from Setter Junction at Sandayre again – arriving in Lerwick at 18.05.

Fondest memory: the broch is an amazing example of architecture.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2002
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