Brochs

Massive Scottish monuments thought to originate in the Iron Age, brochs are huge drystone walled structures, built upwards to considerable heights, with large inner conical chambers reaching up to the high roofs.  They were very effective in protecting anyone inside the broch from the wind and rain.  Their precise nature and function remains unknown, though it seems likely that some defensive element to them is likely; but they may equally have been used as living quarters; or a site where food and livestock were kept; or perhaps ceremonial structures for rites of passage and/or shamanic development.  Much more research is still needed into these fascinating monuments.

  1. Achvarasdal, Reay, Caithness
  2. An Dun, Berrisdale Strath, Caithness
  3. Auchensalt, Thornhill, Stirlingshire
  4. Backies, Golspie, Sutherland
  5. Baile Mhargaite, Bettyhill, Sutherland
  6. The Borg, Trantlebeg, Sutherland
  7. Borgie Farmhouse, Tongue, Sutherland
  8. Bruan Broch, Ulbster, Caithness
  9. Coldoch, Kincardine, Stirlingshire
  10. Dunrobin Wood, Golspie, Sutherland
  11. East Kinnauld, Strath Fleet, Rogart, Sutherland
  12. Houstry Broch, Dunbeath, Caithness
  13. Kierhead, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire
  14. Kilphedir, Strath of Kildonan, Sutherland
  15. Leckie, Gargunnock, Stirlingshire
  16. Livilands, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  17. Ousdale, Latheron, Caithness
  18. Sallachy, Loch Shin, Lairg, Sutherland