Mousa broch, which is about 2000 years old, is the finest surviving example of an Iron Age broch, or tower. Over 100 brochs were built all over Shetland but later generations dismantled them for their good building stones. Mousa broch survived because of its remote location, and perhaps because it was always a remarkable sight.
Every summer the hundreds of tourists who visit the island of Mousa to see the broch, are ferried across from the Mainland on the Solan IV, the ferry operated by Tom Jamieson and his family,(see link below).
- "Then Erland gathered men together and took up his residence in the Broch of Mousa and made great preparations for defence....when Earl Harald came to Hjaltland, he beseiged the Broch and cut off all communication but it was difficult to take it by assault" -
Quote from Orkneyinga saga