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Dun Telve and Dun Troddan,brochs,Glenelg

A Scheduled Monument in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1947 / 57°11'40"N

Longitude: -5.5867 / 5°35'12"W

OS Eastings: 183404

OS Northings: 817250

OS Grid: NG834172

Mapcode National: GBR D9LP.V2B

Mapcode Global: WH0BN.4FX9

Entry Name: Dun Telve and Dun Troddan,brochs,Glenelg

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1882

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90152

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Glenelg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

This monument consists of two well preserved brochs situated in the valley of Gleann Beag.

Dun Telve stands near the river and about one third of the wall still stands to a height of over 10m. The base of the wall is largely solid and above this there are traces of 5 galleries. The entrance has one door check and a bar-hole and an entrance opens off the entrance passageway to the right.

This broch was cleared of debris in 1914 and a number of finds were made. There are traces of the foundations of further stone-built structure outside the entrance to this broch.

Dun Troddan is set on a terrace in the hillside a little further up the glen. About one third of its wall survives to a height of 7.6m and it is very like its neighbour in structural detail. Investigation of the interior of this broch in 1920 revealed a ring of post holes which probably supported a floor or roof. A central stone built hearth was also found.

The area to be scheduled is formed by two distinct areas about 480m apart. The W, which covers Dun Telve, is about 60m E-W by a maximum of 60m N-S; the E, which covers Dun Troddan, is about 60m WNW-ESE by 60m NNE-SSW.

These areas include the brochs, the external buildings associated with Dun Telve and further areas around both brochs in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

These monuments are of national importance for their potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric domestic and defensive architecture. Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are two of the three best preserved of the surviving brochs of Scotland; both incorporate vital information concerning the form and construction of buildings of this type.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NG 81 NW 6 and 7.
Historic Environment Scotland Properties
Dun Telve
https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/glenelg-brochs-dun-telve-and-dun-troddan
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Dun Troddan
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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