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Tulloch Of Shalmstry

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Tulloch Of Shalmstry

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Canmore ID 8549

Site Number ND16SW 8

NGR ND 1316 6443

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND16SW 8 1316 6443.

(ND 1316 6443) Tulloch of Shalmstry (NR) (Mound) (NR)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed. (1907)

Tulloch of Shalmstry is a green mound containing the ruins of a broch. The outer face is exposed towards the SE, and the diameter overall appears to have been some 72ft, and its height about 7ft. The entrance passage, which has been from the E, has been cleared at its outer end, and there measures 2ft 10ins wide.


Classified as a broch.

A Graham, 1949

The remains of this broch are as described above.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 16 February 1965

(ND 1316 6443) Tulloch of Shalmstry (NAT) Broch (NR)

OS 6" map (1970)

'Tulloch of Shalmstry', the remains of a broch, as described by the previous authorities.

Revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 15 February 1982

"Broch", Shalmistry. Dimensions: 26 x 21m. Oval grass-covered mound with some coursing evident on the SW side. Entrance visible on the E. Orientation N-S.

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


Publication Account (2007)


Probable broch in Thurso, Caithness, consisting of a flat-topped green mound 2.1m (7ft) high in which part of a curved outer wallface is exposed on the south-east, indicating an overall diameter of c. 22.0m (72ft). The outer end of the entrance passage – which is on the east – has been cleared out [2], and its width is 86cm (2ft 10 in). There may be traces of outbuildings on the south-west [3].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 16 SW 8: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 120, no. 437: 3. Swanson (ms) 1985, 632-33 and plan.

E W MacKie 2007


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