MHG754 - Site of possible Cairn or Broch, Achbuiligan Tulloch


Turf covered stony mound which may be the remains of a cairn or broch.

Type and Period (2)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • (Alternate Type) BROCH (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Achbuiligan Tullock is a turf-covered, elongated mound measuring 45m NNE-SSW by 26m transversely, and rising gently from the N to a summit, 4.5m high, towards the S end. The summit area is disturbed, probably by surface quarrying. Soil erosion at the base reveals a content predominantly of earth suggesting that mound may be in part natural, its profile having been sharpened by ploughing around edge. In SE side at base is an arc of walling; this has not the heavy build of a broch wall, but is possibly a revetment of an outwork or it may be relatively recent. Apart from this possible revetment there is no evidence to classify this mound as remains of a broch.
Visited by OS (N K B) 8 October 1981.

Achbuiligan Tullock (NAT) Broch (NR) (remains of) OS 6"map, (1967)

This turf-covered stony mound survives to a height of 4.5m and measures 48m N-S by 30m transversely. There is an oval depression 0.7m deep in the top which may be a result of excavation. E side of the mound has been mutilated recently where a modern dry stone construction has been made from the spoil. A facing of dry stone slabs, 0.3m high, is exposed to the NE. This feature is more suggestive of a cairn than a broch.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 24 11 1964.

Achbuiligan Tulloch (Brough) (NR)
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

The ruins of the broch of Achbuiligan Tulloch are covered by a grassy mound. The area covered by the broch measures approximately 60ft and the depression marking the interior about 27ft, but no wall faces are exposed. On the SW the slope is steep and has an elevation of 13ft, while from the opposite direction the ground rises gradually. On the N, the ruin has been pillaged to some extent (RCAHMS 1911). It was opened at the top some time ago (Name Book 1873).
RCAHMS 1911; Name Book 1873.

Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 9, 44 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3399.

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, 94, No. 350 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9893 6570 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC96NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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