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Muness Castle

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Location iconShetland Isles
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Outside view of Muness Castle in Shetland Isles

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Attraction Information

Muness Castle is a z-plan, 3 storey building (though only just over 2 floors remain) with circular towers at opposing corners. The castle was built in 1598 by Laurence Bruce and was designed by Andrew Crawford, who also designed Scalloway Castle.

There's an exciting history to it to engage kids: French raiders stormed and burned the castle in 1627 and although it was subsequently repaired, the castle was uninhabited by the late 1600s and is now said by some to be haunted!

The walk from the car park to the castle is nearly four miles, so do take provisions for attacks of weather and tired little legs. You can fly kites on the way!

Opening hours

Year round access



Unst 4m North East from Belmont Pier, off the A968,
Shetland Isles,
The Highlands,
ZE2 9UT,

Phone number

0131 668 8600


Free admission


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