HU4523 : Mousa - Boggy land

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Sandwick, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Mousa - Boggy land
Mousa - Boggy land
The land towards the west of Mousa has numerous watercourses such as this, making the land quite boggy. Fortunately the wardens have provided wooden walkways to keep vivitors' feet dry without them trying to use the stony beach which risks disturbing the wildlife or even treading on shorebirds' eggs.
The island of Mousa lies off the eastern coast of Mainland, Shetland. It is about 0.7 miles˛ (180 ha) in area, divided in two by the isthmus between West and East Ham inlets. The two parts are simply named North Isle and South Isle, the latter being by far the larger of the two. The highest point on the island is at Mid Field where it rises to a maximum height of 180' (55m)
There are two comparatively large pools on the southeast of the island named East and West Pool which are isolated from the sea at low tide.
The name of the island derives from Mósey, the Old Norse for "Mossy Island". It is pronounced "Moose-a" (i.e. like the elk rather than the small rodent !).
Though now uninhabited, in 1774 it had a population of 70, and there were still people living here well into the C19th. There are the remains of several crofts, a more substantial farm and the Old Haa, the former laird's house. But the most remarkable and famous structure on the island is its Broch, the best preserved such structure in the World. (See separate description for Mousa Broch)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 24 November, 2011
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Islands 
Island (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4583 2387 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:59.8281N 1:10.8133W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 45789 23880
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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