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Latitude: 60.2049 / 60°12'17"N
Longitude: -1.6027 / 1°36'9"W
OS Eastings: 422123
OS Northings: 1146790
OS Grid: HU221467
Mapcode National: GBR Q1DR.VRK
Mapcode Global: XHD2T.JR4N
Plus Code: 9CGW693W+XW
Entry Name: Tower, Mucklaberry, Vaila
Listing Name: Vaila, Vaila Tower
Listing Date: 18 October 1977
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 352687
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18607
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Walls and Sandness
County: Shetland Islands
Electoral Ward: Shetland West
Parish: Walls And Sandness
Traditional County: Shetland
Tagged with: Folly
Early 19th century, with alterations of circa 1900. 2-storey symmetrical castellated folly of square plan. Harl-pointed rubble walls. Round-arched door and window centring E elevation at ground and 1st floors respectively. 2 closely spaced windows centred at ground of W elevation; 4 small gothic niches above, round-arched window centred at 1st floor. Corniced and crenellated parapet with crenellated circular angle turret NE corner.
Fixed timber glazing. Wallhead stack with circular can to E parapet.
The tower is commonly thought to be a lookout tower used by previous lairds to oversee their own smuggling activities, shipping in goods from French and Dutch vessels. The crenellated parapet and turret probably date from the late 19th century reconstruction.
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