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Tulach Bad A' Choilich

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Building (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Tulach Bad A' Choilich

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Building (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Berriedale Water; Langwell House

Canmore ID 8111

Site Number ND12SW 9

NGR ND 1005 2404

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Latheron
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND12SW 9 1005 2404

(ND 1005 2404) Tulach Bad a' Choilich (NAT)

Broch (NR)

OS 6" map, (1964)

Broch, 'Tulach Bad a Choilich': On a spit of land E of the Allt Bad a' Choilich, beside the path up the Berriedale Water, and about a mile NW of Langwell House, are the ruins of a small broch. Towards the river, but nowhere else, the lower face of the wall is visible; no measurements, however, are obtainable.

RCAHMS 1911.

All that remains of this broch is a large earth-and-stone mound measuring approximately 19.0m E-W by 15.0m transversely, and 3.0m high above the slope on the E. On this side, a small portion of the outer wall face can be seen, and there is also a slight depression on the top of the mound. It was not possible to obtain any measurements of the broch structure.

The remains of an earth and stone bank, 1.7m broad and 0.4m high, were noted at the S edge of the mound, but it is not clear if it is contemporary with, or later than, the broch.

On the opposite side of the path from the broch are the footings of a building some 15.0m long by 4.0m wide, divided into two compartments, with a wall now 0.6m high.

Visited by OS (W D J), 4 July 1960.

The remains of a broch, as described by the previous authorities.

Visited by OS (N K B), 10 November 1982.

Activities

Publication Account (2007)

ND12 5 TULACH BAD a' CHOIL-ICH ('Berriedale Water 2', 'Langwell House 2')

ND/1005 2404

Possible broch in Latheron, Caith-ness, in the form of a wrecked mound standing on a spit of land east of the stream Allt Bad a' Choilich. Traces of the outer face are visible towards the river.

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 12 SW 9: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 53-4, no. 202.

E W MacKie 2007

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