MHG9583 - Broch, Dunrobin Wood


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1969)

The remains of a broch, set on a hillock with steep slopes on the south, west and east and a wide natural trench dividing it from the hillock to north. The diameters appear to have been about 28ft NW-SE by 23ft within a wall 13ft thick which attains a maximum height of 7ft in the interior. The entrance in the west has a guard- chamber on S and the end of a probable stair-gallery on N. The broch is encircled by a ruined wall at a distance of about 4ft.
RCAHMS 1911.

The broch is generally as described by RCAHMS. Constructional detail can be seen only in the WNW, the remainder of the circuit exisiting only as a mass of rubble and the interior and entrance of the broch being choked with debris. A doorcheck is visible on the north side of the entrance passage, and the entrance to the guard chamber on the south. The stairs and stair-gallery are partly visible from above in the NNE. Pupils of Tain Academy under direction of Mr Jackson have cleared part of N part of broch but no finds have been made. The identification of "bank" round the broch as a wall is open to doubt. It may be a band of debris, now overgrown, cleared from the base of the broch during an earlier excavation.
Revised at 1/2500. Visited by OS (J M) 28 October 1975.

Broch Dunrobin Wood, gen. view, lower side (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9558.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9552.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood, cell to L. of entrance (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9559.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood, cell? (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9553.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood, Intramural Gallery (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9570.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood, outer wall- face (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9565.

Broch, Dunrobin Wood,outer wall & ditch (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9564.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 92, No. 271 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

Grierson, A, 196-?, [Photographs of Scottish abbeys, and other buildings, taken by Alec Grierson], General view 24 May 1964 (Grierson no 5944) Neg C62514 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG2296.

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Grid reference Centred NC 8407 0175 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC80SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish GOLSPIE

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