Dun Carloway Broch

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Ionad an Duin Mhor: Doune Broch Centre, Carloway, United Kingdom

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A fine broch Sep 02, 2010
I even meet people from Scotland who do not know what a broch is, let alone England. Put as simply as I can it's a building consisting of stones built in two concentric circles. There were once wooden steps between the storeys of the broch, wooden flooring, and a wooden top.

Most were built in the first century BCE. There is still considerable uncertainty about their exact purpose but it is widely believed that they had a defensive function. Animals were kept inside at ground level and it would seem that people lived on the upper storeys.

There are many left n varying stages of decay, mainly in the north of the Scottish mainland and the northern and western islands. Dun Carloway is one of the best. It is situated on the north-west side of the Isle of Lewis, which is the northernmost of the Western Isles (or Outer Hebrides or The Long Island.)
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