Sallachadh

Broch

Site Name Sallachadh

Classification Broch

Alternative Name(s) Sallachy

Canmore ID 5069

Site Number NC50NW 1

NGR NC 5491 0922

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lairg
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC50NW 1 5491 0922.

(NC 5491 0922) Broch (NR).

OS 6"map, (1967)

The substantial remains of a broch standing on a knoll with walling building up the sloping site. It measures 31ft in diameter within a wall 15ft thick, standing to a height of 10ft to 12ft and well built of various sizes of stones. Only the east segment of the outer face is not exposed (OS {E G C}) The entrance 3ft 4ins wide, is on the SE and has been distorted by comparatively recent rebuilding and the lintels have been removed but a bar-hole is still visible, guard chambers lead off from each side, that on the right being particularly well preserved. In the interior of the broch the entrance to the mural staircase lies to the left of the entrance passage. An oval chamber occurs at the foot of the stair. The wall of an external enclosure springs from the south side of the broch and runs to a distance of 46' to the SE before swinging northwards round the east and north sides to rejoin the west side.

RCAHMS 1911; A Young 1964; Visited by OS (E G C) 20 June 1963.

This broch is as described by previous authorities. Attached to the south side is a fairly modern, subrectangular enclosure, now ruined, which overlays, or partially overlays an outwork which extended around the S, E and NE sides. This outwork is largely obscured by tumble, but here and there, two or three courses of the outer face are exposed. No inner face can be seen, and there is no evidence of the outwork having continued around the west side of the broch.

Re-surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 3 September 1976.

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