MHG796 - Broch, Tulloch of Achavarn


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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Tulloch of Achavarn (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

About 130 yards S of Achavarn, on E shore of Loch Calder, is site of a broch. The structure, which has measured some 62ft in diameter, has been almost entirely removed. At some 4 or 5ft from its base is a low encircling bank or wall.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

All that remains of this mound are two almost concentric banks of earth and stone, caused by the intrusion of a robber trench 2m to 3m wide. N segment of both banks has been removed. The inner bank, 7m wide and 1.6m high, has a diameter of some 14m. The outer bank, about 4m from the inner, is 3.5m wide and 0.6m high. There is little evidence left to suggest that this is remains of a broch, but siting is typical, & robber trench around circumference suggests that a broad wall has been quarried away. The remains of mound measure over all some 28m in diameter.
Visited by OS (W D J) 9 April 1962.

(ND 0855 5962) Tulloch of Achavarn (NAT) Broch (NR) (remains of) OS 25"map, (1967)

Tulloch of Achavarn, turf-covered remains of a broch as described in the previous field report.
Visited by OS (N K B) 16 September 1981.

ND05 3 TULLOCH OF ACHAVARN ('Achavarn', 'Loch Calder')
ND/0854 5962
Possible broch in Halkirk, Caithness, on the east shore of Loch Calder; the structure has been almost entirely removed [2]. Two low, almost concentric encircling banks surround the site and are the result of a robber trench some 16m in diameter [1]. This suggests that a massive wall has been quarried away.
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 05 NE 29: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 34-5, no. 112. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 0854 5961 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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