A LATE 16TH CENTUARY TOWER HOUSE

Muness Castle is situated in Muness (near Uyeasound) atthe south of the island and is owned and maintained by Historic Scotland.

The castle was Built in 1598 by Laurence Bruce and designed by Andrew Crawford, who also designed Scalloway Castle, the castle boasts circular towers at opposing corners with a z-plan design and 3 storeys – although only just over 2 floors remain.

It is reported that French raiders stormed and burned the castle in 1627 and although it was subsequently repaired, the castle was uninhabited by the late 1600s.

Since then, Muness Castle was rented out in 1713 to the Dutch East India Company and it was used as a storage facility for salvaged cargo from a nearby wreck. The castle is understood to have been uninhabited from 1750 to the present day.

Information can be found on the castle walls as you explore the grounds and learn the history behind the castle. Appropriate footwear recommended.