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Tulloch Turnal, broch 500m WNW of Turnal Rock, Langwell

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1851 / 58°11'6"N

Longitude: -3.5485 / 3°32'54"W

OS Eastings: 309040

OS Northings: 922854

OS Grid: ND090228

Mapcode National: GBR K7L2.Z3R

Mapcode Global: WH5DG.GJFK

Entry Name: Tulloch Turnal, broch 500m WNW of Turnal Rock, Langwell

Scheduled Date: 15 August 1974

Last Amended: 2 June 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3440

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a drystone-built, fortified dwelling of Iron Age date. It is already scheduled, but the scheduled area does not cover all of the area of archaeological importance. This proposal rectifies the position.

The broch stands immediately to the S of an estate track. It stands about 2m high and is about 14m in diameter. Two courses of the outer wall face can be seen in places. No detail is visible in the interior, although a slight depression hints at the entrance being on the S side. There is an external ditch and bank on the E side, and this may once have extended around the N side of the broch, although its traces have been removed by later construction activity.

The area now to be scheduled is semi-circular, 60m in diameter, with the S side of the track as its N edge. This includes the broch and the slight traces of outer defences as well as an area around them in which evidence relating to their construction and use may survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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