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Vaila, Vaila Tower

A Category B Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

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

Entry Name: Vaila, Vaila Tower

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: B

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

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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