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Tulach Lochain Bhraseil, Dale

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Tulach Lochain Bhraseil, Dale

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Tulach Lochain Bhraiseil

Canmore ID 8354

Site Number ND15SW 19

NGR ND 1282 5203

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND15SW 19 1282 5203.

(ND 1282 5203) Tulach Lochain Bhraiseil (Brough) (NR)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1908)

Mound, 'Tulach Lochain Bhraiseil': About 1/4 mile NNW of Westerdale bridge is a conical grassy mound of artificial character. There is no depression in the top and the greatest elevation is about 10ft. In diameter it measures about 119ft N-s by 103ft transversely. There is nothing to indicate whether this is a cairn or a broch, but from it shape it is possibly the former.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

The remains of this feature are as described above; it has more the appearance of a cairn than a broch. A modern cairn has been erected on the top.

Visited by OS (E G C) 15 April 1962.

(ND 1282 5203) Tulach Lochain Bhraiseil (NR)

OS 6" map, (1963)

Tulach Lochain Bhraiseil is a turf-covered broch-mound generally as described by the RCAHMS (1911), situated in a level field. It measures overall 35.0m N-S by 32.0m and 2.5m maximum height towards to SE quarter, where it is surmounted by a modern cairn. Some 6.0m inside the W edge of the mound is an earthfast boulder slab 1.2m long N-S by 0.6m broad and visible to a height of 0.4m; in the SE, 3.5m in from the periphery, is another, smaller, slab which is on line with a slight scarp around the S quarter of the mound, thereby creating in part the mound-on-mound effect common to Caithness brochs. One or both slabs may be outer facing-stones of the broch itself.

Visited by OS (N K B) 19 February 1982

'Broch', 'Tulach Lochain Bhraseil'. Dimensions: 35 x 32m. Grass-covered mound 2.5m high, with mound on the mound formation.

R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995


Publication Account (2007)

ND15 21 TULACH LOCHAIN BRAISEAL ('Tulach Lochan Bhraiseil')

ND/1282 5203

Possible broch in Halkirk, Caithness, consisting of a conical grassy mound with no traces of a building visible. There are slight suggestions of the 'mound on mound' effect common in Caithness brochs [1]; the plan shows no masonry [3].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 15 SW 19: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 41, no. 143: 3. Swanson (ms) 1985, 668-69 and plan.

E W MacKie 2007


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