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Publication Account

Date 1996

Event ID 1016328

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


Close to the shore with its entrance facing out to sea, this fine broch survives in part to above first floor level and has been restored (see p.00). The entrance passage has checks and a bar-hole for a door, and a guard-cell on the left on entering. There are the remains of radial compartments inside the broch, along with a 3m-deep well, and projecting from the wall is the ledge which helped to support the first floor. The interior was cleared out in the 1860s with little record.

Surrounding the broch is a strong defence of concentric wall, ditch and rampart, which, from an old plan, appears originally to have encircled the site entirely, perhaps making up for the lack of natural defence on this low coast. The ground outside the broch is very uneven, and there have clearly been other buildings in the space between the broch and its defences.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Orkney’, (1996).

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