Glenelg Brochs

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Glenelg Brochs Reviews

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Dun Telve Jul 26, 2012
One of three Pictish Brochs situated just a couple of miles outside Glenelg, in Glen Beag.Due to time contraints, to catch an onward ferry, we just visited the first one at Dun Telve, which is situated just a few yards off the road. The other nearby being Dun Troddan, with Dun Grugaig a further 2 miles away, but not in as good condition as the first two.

Brochs were a circular fortification made of stone, but without the use of mortar, and date back to the iron age. The fact that solid sections of them still remain is a sign of the remarkable skill in building them.

Access to the Broschs was through a small doorway and the one at Dun Telve is intact. Brochs were also doubled walled, and this can be seen clearly at Dun Telve.

Most Brochs stood about 10m in height, and Dun Telve must reach that height. Brochs also usually had two upper floors and the remains of the stairways can bee seen.

Fascinating piece of history, in a beautiful scenic location, and well worth a detour to visit, though should allow a bit more time than I did :D
Dun Telve Information Point
Broch From The Road
Brickwork Of Dun Telve
Side View Of Dun Telve
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Glenelg Brochs Jul 26, 2010
Glenelg brochs are two ancient brochs, close to the Isle of Skye ferry at Kylrhea. Brochs are ancient forts, made before the Romans invaded the UK, almost certainly by native Picts. Nobody is completely sure what they were for or what they looked like when they were new, although the best guesses are that they were forts for defending tribal lands, and that they had floors, one or two stories, and proper roofs. Brochs stood one or two stories high, and are cylindrical with tapered walls, one inside the other, and internal stair cases. They were made without any cement out of local stone and only still exist in the most isolated parts of Scotland.

Although the best preserved brochs are on Shetland, the brochs at Glenelg are amongst the best preserved on the mainland. They are located at the end of a stunning road through the mountains, on a hillside beyond the village. The settings are beautiful and, at least in the fine mist when we went, really mysterious. It’s genuinely impressive to see something that predates the Romans still standing. The sheer quality of the stone work is incredible, and it is very atmospheric. There are some helpful information signs.

Admission is free and the lower one (higher walls, but not as well preserved) would be accessible if you were on crutches or had a buggy – the other one would not be. The site is managed by Historic Scotland. I doubt sincerely you can get here on public transport, but you might be able to get close enough to do a bit of a hill walk to get there.
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londonstudent says:
Of course, any devotee of Sellar & Yeatman knows exactly what the Picts were doing in Scotland :)
Posted on: Aug 04, 2010
sarahelaine says:
The cairns we saw later on on the week were almost as old ad that- about 5000 years old. I haven't written that bit up yet. They'd have thought he was cutting edge!
Posted on: Aug 04, 2010
fransglobal says:
We have Newgrange - predates the Egyptians, not alone the Romans. Some of Christophe's witticisms are even older again....
Posted on: Aug 04, 2010

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