MHG9582 - Carnachy broch


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

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(NC 7213 5269) Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1962)

The remains of a broch on a cliff overlooking the river valley. A later structure, possibly a shelter, has been built into wall on west. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (J L D) 6 May 1960.

Situated on the edge of a natural shelf is a broch measuring about 9.2m in diameter within wall 4.1m to 4.8m wide. The lower courses of inner and outer faces are visible to some extent, and there are traces of a mural gallery protruding through tumble in west arc.
The entrance was presumably in north, but no structural details are exposed. An outer defence surviving in scant traces of a wall, encircles the broch on all sides but the east where the steep slope provides a natural barrier. The broch is in line with the ruins of an early modern head dyke; the possible shelter noted by previous authorities cannot be located and may refer to the mural gallery.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 30 January 1979.

Photographs of the site were taken by Highland Council. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 7213 5268 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC75SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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