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Dun Chealamy,broch

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.432 / 58°25'55"N

Longitude: -4.1942 / 4°11'39"W

OS Eastings: 271976

OS Northings: 951391

OS Grid: NC719513

Mapcode National: GBR J60F.X2P

Mapcode Global: WH49V.JBZ8

Entry Name: Dun Chealamy,broch

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5632

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Farr

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of the remains of a broch and outworks situated on a spur to the S of the Carnachy Burn.

The broch has an internal diameter of about 7m and a wall between 3.7m and 4.3m wide. There is no clear indication of the location of the entrance, but a mural gallery is exposed in the rubble of the broch's SW arc.

The broch is naturally defended on all sides except the SW, which has outworks consisting of a double rampart with traces of 2 ditches. The ditches are 12m wide and about 2m deep. There are gaps between the natural slopes and the ends of the outer defences. The ditch contains the footings of a subrectangular structure, which is about 12m by 4m.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m WSW-ENE by 70m N-S, to include the broch, the defensive ramparts and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 75 SW 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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