MHG9639 - Broch, The Borg, Strathhalladale


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Full Description

The broch was Scheduled in 1938.

The Borg (NAT) Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

The remains of a broch situated on rocky knoll surrounded in part by marshy ground, wall surviving to an average height of 3.3m. Internally, broch is oval in plan, E wall, containing entrance, having been strengthened by addition of an extra 2.7m of walling, giving diameters of 9.6m N-S and 6.6m E-W. The wall measures 6.7m in thickness in E, 4m in S and 5m in W. In 1909 a guard chamber was visible, as well as a possibly secondary passage, 3m to 3.3m long and 0.6m wide leading to the inner wall 5.4m south of entrance. Miss Young notes "straight walling" possibly indicating a wall chamber 1.5m from the entrance. A large enclosure, probably secondary, is attached to NE arc of broch and other walls spring from S & W sides. Rectangular foundations measuring about 9m by 4m lie close to broch, one to the SW and the other to the SE.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A Young 1964; Visited by OS (W D J) 28 April 1960.

The broch is generally as described above. The interior appears to have been originally circular in plan, about 9.4m in diameter. Secondary use has altered this to the present oval plan, by enlarging the N side and extending the entrance into the broch interior. A rubble-filled depression on the N side of the entrance passage probably indicates the guard chamber. The passage to the south of the entrance was not seen; a recent shelter set in the wall is the only visible structural remains in this arc. A short stretch of wall facing to the north of the entrance, above the collapsed chamber and possibly forming part of it, could be the "straight walling" noted by A Young (1964). The'rectangular foundation' noted to SE of broch appears to be a fortuitous arrangement of tumble. A shallow ditch lies outside the SE arc of the broch.
Published survey (6") revised.
Visited by OS (J B) 9 June 1977.

This site was included in Mackie's 2007 'The Roundhouses, Brochs and Wheelhouses of Atlantic Scotland c.700 BC - AD 500: Architecture and material culture'. See link below to HES Canmore record which includes the chapter on this site. <1>

Field survey found the broch to be as described. <2>

The Scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 8993 5095 (82m by 75m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NC85SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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