Mousa, aptly named "Mossy Island" in Old Norse, is dominated by its eponymous broch, one of the country’s best-preserved prehistoric monuments. Today the island is uninhabited – except, that is, for some 12,000 pairs of breeding storm petrels, one of the United Kingdom’s largest colonies. It also offers refuge for great skuas, Arctic terns, black guillemots and other seabirds, as well as seals and otters.
Included Experience on Expedition Voyages
Exploration of Mousa Broch
Our Zodiacs will ferry you ashore to unravel the mysteries of Mousa and its enigmatic Broch. A unique Scottish phenomenon, brochs or fortified round towers represent the apex Iron Age dry-stone wall construction. Hundreds of these windowless towers once peppered northwest Scotland; of those that remain, the Mousa broch stands as the finest and most famous. Built around 300 BC and boasting 16-foot-thick walls, the 43-foot-high broch offers commanding views across Mousa Sound, and serves as a breeding colony for the region's wildlife.
*Experiences subject to change