Dun Dornaigil

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Durness, Scotland

Dun Dornaigil Durness Reviews

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Dun Dornaigil Jul 15, 2013
Dun Dornaigil is one of the best preserved brochs in Sutherland. It stands up to 21ft high over its door. There is a massive triangular lintel over the old door, which stands lower than it would have done now as the land has risen over the centuries, which hints at the social status of the original occupants.

Brochs are ancient forts. They were built 2300-1900 years ago, and the quality of the stone work is astonishing considering its antiquity. They were built without mortar, but with a unique double skinned wall that allowed the building to be lighter than you'd expect and so they could achieve heights of several stories high without buttressing. This one is very atmospheric, and it's easy to imagine a surrounding village making a living from the fishing and farming in the valley and running here for protection.

The broch commands a view over the glen, from the foot of Ben Hope. It probably isn't worth a special trip. But as the main reason you would be in the area is probably to climb Ben Hope, it's a very short detour to see it. There is a good information sign, and no entrance or parking fees. The area is very beautiful, with great views and many wildflowers in the right season.
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Posted on: Sep 16, 2013
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