MHG11746 - Broch; Skelbo Wood


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

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Broch lies beside woodland path, recently cleared of trees, but overgown at time of visit. Lies on side of slope and would have had extensive views before tree planting. Main central structure has occasional stones visible, some quite large, dip in centre perhaps 1m plus deep. Possible outer structures. Appears to be outer defensive wall all around at short distance. - HAW 8/2003

(NH 7820 9443) Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1960)

On a low knoll in Skelbo Wood are remains of a broch, now a structureless overgrown ruin. No wall faces are visible, but overall diameter appears to be about 60ft.
A wall surrounds broch at a distance of 17ft, increasing in the NE arc where an enclosure, 37ft long by 20ft wide, has been formed by walls crossing the interspace. To the E (S) of this enclosure is a break in the rampart. The space between it and the broch has been levelled, suggesting the position of the broch entrance.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

The remains of a broch, as described by RCAHMS At one point outer wall can be seen to be of rubble construction, but is too overgrown elsewhere for further analysis.
The walls crossing the interspace in NE are curved, and the "rampart" between them is destroyed, or pushed outwards, forming a sub-circular area about 12m in diameter. Another ruined wall crosses interspace in the SSW, and, like the others, is probably later. Visited by OS (R L) 4 November 1969.

NH79 2 SKELBO WOOD NH/7820 9443 (NH/78203 94433 – GPS) Visited 21/7/03
This possible broch in Dornoch, Sutherland, stands on a low knoll in the wood overlooking Loch Fleet and is now an overgrown ruin. It appears as a huge mound of large, rounded stones with a shallow crater in the centre. No wallfaces can be seen but the overall diameter has been estimated at 18.0m (60 ft) [2]. An outer wall surrounds the broch at a distance of 5.1m (17 ft) increasing on the north-east arc, where walls cross the intervening space. There seems to be a break in the outer wall just east of this enclosure, and the space between it and the broch has been levelled; this suggests that the entrance is here [1].
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NH 79 SE 4: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 37-8, no. 106. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7820 9444 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH79SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

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