Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

March 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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In a few places throughout the Scottish Isles there are large, round, stone towers known as brochs that date back to the iron-age (began around 800 BC). Built without mortar, they are double-walled with a narrow staircase between the walls allowing access to the top. This one at Dun Carloway is best-preserved broch in the Outer Hebrides. The purpose of brochs is uncertain. Possibilities include defense structures and places of refuge, castles of distinction and symbols of power, stately homes and objects of prestige. When I visited this one last summer with Adventure Canada, there was a soft, salty breeze drifting in off the water carrying the calls of gulls and nearby sheep.

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