Brochs

A list of just some of the Brochs that are relatively easy to access around Caithness
Thing's Va Looking to Thurso
Thing's Va Looking to Thurso

An aerial image looking across to Thurso.

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Looking Down
Looking Down

On Thing's Va

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Route Info
Route Info

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Thing's Va Looking to Thurso
Thing's Va Looking to Thurso

An aerial image looking across to Thurso.

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Thing's Va Broch


A huge Broch site sitting on a hill west of Thurso. This broch was reused then by the Vikings, as their parliament, hence the name. It is also situated near Ravenshill, which could well have viking significane also. The thurso gallows were also situated near to this site, so it's an area steeped in local history. The walk to this site is from a layby on the main road, then up a signed track for around 0.8 of a mile. Total walk is 1 mile.

Loch Rangag Broch
Loch Rangag Broch

Also known as Castle Greysteil

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Down by the broch
Down by the broch

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Ragnag Route
Ragnag Route

The terrain round this Broch is generally very boggy. We suggest taking in the views from the layby marked.

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Loch Rangag Broch
Loch Rangag Broch

Also known as Castle Greysteil

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Loch Rangag Broch


A fascinating broch site situated on the loch at Rangag. It has the look of a Crannog with the built up peninsula. This site is commonly known as Greysteil Castle, an intriguing name. Greysteil was a medieval character in a poem, thought to have been written in the 1500s about a Knight, obviously named Sir Greysteil. In the tale he was an invincible, strong, agile knight, tainted with the black arts and eventually defeated by a magical sword provided by a powerful woman. He was rumoured to have extra fingers on his hands, and rode a big red horse. In real life this nickname was then given to 2 actual Scottish people, Archibald Douglas of Kilspindie and William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie. 

Nybster from Above
Nybster from Above

An aerial image of Nybster Broch. Image courtesy of Sinclair Aerial Surveys Ltd

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Walk from Car Park to broch
Walk from Car Park to broch

Only a small 0.2 mile walk awaits from Car Park to this lovely site situated on the cliffs.

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Nybster from Above
Nybster from Above

An aerial image of Nybster Broch. Image courtesy of Sinclair Aerial Surveys Ltd

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Nybster Broch


Nybster Broch, situated in Auckengill, (between Keiss and John O Groats on the East coast of Caithness), It was uncovered in the 19th Century by Sir Francis Tress Barry. The walk to the Broch is straightforward, from a small carpark off the main road. The signage is not brilliant, which is something we can hopefully improve upon.

Dunbeath Broch from Approach
Dunbeath Broch from Approach

The front of the Broch when you come off the trail. Image courtesy of Chris Sinclair Photography

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Dunbeath Broch 2
Dunbeath Broch 2

Overgrown Walls on this once magnificent structure. Image courtesy of Chris Sinclair Photography

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Dunbeath Broch Route
Dunbeath Broch Route

A 0.49 mile walk to this secluded Broch up Dunbeath Strath Image courtesy of Chris Sinclair Photography

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Dunbeath Broch from Approach
Dunbeath Broch from Approach

The front of the Broch when you come off the trail. Image courtesy of Chris Sinclair Photography

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Dunbeath Broch


This one is halfway up a lovely walk along Dunbeath Strath. However signage is non existent for now. In the Gallery you can see a route image detailing which point to turn off the path. Once there you are rewarded with a secluded old Broch settlement, and can still gain access to a chamber.

Achvarasdal Broch
Achvarasdal Broch

Situated within Achvarasdal Forest, but easily accessible. Image courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Inside Achvarasdal Broch
Inside Achvarasdal Broch

Looking at the chamber entrance from inside Image courtesy of Iain MacLean

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AchvarasdaL Broch Route
AchvarasdaL Broch Route

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Achvarasdal Broch
Achvarasdal Broch

Situated within Achvarasdal Forest, but easily accessible. Image courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Achvarasdal Broch

 

Situated on the road from Thurso to Reay. At the site you will find ruins of a broch with preserved lower parts of the walls, and traces of the intramural staircase. Internal diameter of a broch is 10 m. This is one of the brochs we are putting interprative signage up on, with our funding won by Your Cash your Caithness.

Ousdale Broch
Ousdale Broch

The remains of Ousdale Broch give a good indication of the scale of this structure. Image courtesy of Iain MacLean.

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Ousdale Broch
Ousdale Broch

Situated, as many are, on the cliffs. Image courtesy of Iain MacLean.

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Ousdale Location
Ousdale Location

Park up at the layby a mile or so north of the Caithness/Sutherland border. Walk down the hill towards the broch!

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Ousdale Broch
Ousdale Broch

The remains of Ousdale Broch give a good indication of the scale of this structure. Image courtesy of Iain MacLean.

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Ousdale Broch.


Situated near the village of Latheron, this is one of the best Broch examples in Caithness, as can be evidenced by the images shown.

An Dun Broch - Berriedale
An Dun Broch - Berriedale

A look over the ramparts of the Broch Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Remnants of the Broch Walls
Remnants of the Broch Walls

All that remains of what was once most likely a sizeable broch. Image Courtesy of Chris Sinclair Photography

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An Dun Outer Walls
An Dun Outer Walls

The Outer Wall of An Dun Broch Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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An Dun Broch - Berriedale
An Dun Broch - Berriedale

A look over the ramparts of the Broch Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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An Dun Broch


This rather broken down Broch site is situated with a view to die for. It rests atop a hill up Berriedale Strath, beside one of, if not the only remaining Yew trees in Caithness, (the Yew was a sacred tree to our ancestors). There are 2 other mounds on the site, possibly chambered cairns. This walk also takes you by an old village near the river, which was emptied during the Clearances. The stone used to build it looks to have been scavenged from the Broch, (something which often happened, stone being resused, unfortunately destroying ancient sites).

Yarrows Broch
Yarrows Broch

As viewed from above and over the Loch

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Yarrows again, l
Yarrows again, l

Looking directly down.

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Yarrows Route
Yarrows Route

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Yarrows Broch
Yarrows Broch

As viewed from above and over the Loch

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Yarrows Broch


This a cracking Broch example, siuated on the banks of Loch Yarrows, above Thrumster. It was excavated by J Anderson in 1866/67. He found five bodies within, along with a brooch. This is an area rich in archaeology, with 2 long horn cairns and standing stones making up The Yarrows trail.

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Golsary Broch


A large Broch site, which has mounds extending out from two sides, indicating other buildings. There is also the remains of a more recent settlement right beside it, the stone obviously removed from the broch to build it

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Overview

Looking directly down

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Aerial shot showing the entrance

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The Quarry site

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Overview

Looking directly down

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Wag of Forse


A large and fascinating site, situated between Lybster and Latheron. A short walk over a couple of fields and walls, then you're greeted with this imposing structure. The aerial images clearly show the Broch structure, and then you can see the latee additions, the so called "wags". The Quarry is just a few yards away from the site, however some of the stonework is huge. How did they move these stones around?

Westerdale Broch
Westerdale Broch

One of the Brochs at Westerdale on the banks of the Thurso River Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Map Showing Broch Locations
Map Showing Broch Locations

The locations of the Brochs around Westerdale

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A section of Broch
A section of Broch

The old and New collide here Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Westerdale Broch
Westerdale Broch

One of the Brochs at Westerdale on the banks of the Thurso River Image Courtesy of Iain MacLean

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Westerdale Broch


There are actually several Brochs all within close proximity of one another in this location, all along the river bank, which would suggest this was a thriving settlement at one time.