MHG1095 - Broch, Upper Borgue

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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1965)

Immediately behind the farm of Upper Borgue are the ruins of a large broch, considerably overgrown with vegetation. The entrance, in ESE, has been partly opened up. It is 3ft wide and appears to be in a very perfect state, but it is being used as a place for depositing the kitchen refuse of the neighbouring farm. On W, a portion of outer face of wall has been exposed for a distance of some 40ft and a height of 5ft. The diameter overall is 63ft, and about 30ft across the hollow depression on the top. The elevation from bottom of the building is 12-14ft. The broch has been built on a natural hillock, and from S round to NW it has been defended by a wall some 21ft distant from its base.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

All that remains of the broch and its accompanying outer wall is a large mutilated mound with a large depression on its summit. The mound measures 25 by 26m and is about 4.5m high. The structure has deteriorated considerably since it was seen by the RCAHMS, and only a small part of wall can be seen on the S side. The entrance is now filled with debris, and a great quantity of stone lies scattered on and around the mound.
Visited by OS (W D J) 23 June 1960.

A broch obscured by its own debris.
Visited by OS (N K B) 15 November 1982.


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 56, No. 206 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Location

Grid reference Centred ND 1242 2708 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND12NW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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