The Broch of Borwick, Yesnaby, Orkney, ScotlandYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
The Broch of Borwick is situated on top of an eroding headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
In simplistic terms a broch is a stone tower built in the Iron Age, most brochs were occupied 2000 years ago. The best surviving example (Mousa) is 13 metres tall, majority were probably never this tall.
Until the late 19th century, in common with other unexcavated broch sites Borwick survived as a turf covered mound. In 1881 William Watt, of Skaill (who also excavated at nearby Skara Brae) cleared the loose material from the mound revealing the remains of the broch. Watt recorded the broch as surviving to a greater height than it does today, although there have been subsequent losses through collapses and natural erosion, it is also likely that the site served as a convenient quarry of building stone.
Grid Reference: HY 2241 1678
Photographed: 3 October 2015 Model built: 5 December 2015 Model created using: Agisoft PhotoScan 1.2.0