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Dun Carloway Broch
December 30, 2014, 9:51 am
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Dun Carloway BrochThought to have been built around AD 100, Dun Carloway Broch stands on a rocky promontory on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis overlooking Loch Carloway.

Brochs were fortified round houses usually comprised of two concentric drystone walls with a stone staircase corkscrewing its way up between the walls.

Dun Carloway BrochThey were being built in the Iron Age around 2,300 years ago and stopped being built in the early centuries AD. Thought to have been the homes of local tribal leaders, there are more than 500 of them across Scotland, mostly in the northern and western parts and in the islands.

On the east side of Dun Carloway Broch, parts of the remaining wall still reach to 9 metres tall, close to its original height. Nothing remains of the inner structure or the roof which were likely to have been made of wood.

More pictures are available at Ancient Scotland.

Dun Carloway Broch

 

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