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Golsary, broch on west bank of Burn of Golsary, Rumster Forest

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.3187 / 58°19'7"N

Longitude: -3.3576 / 3°21'27"W

OS Eastings: 320566

OS Northings: 937487

OS Grid: ND205374

Mapcode National: GBR L62R.2N2

Mapcode Global: WH6F3.D5CM

Entry Name: Golsary, broch on W bank of Burn of Golsary, Rumster Forest

Scheduled Date: 26 September 1934

Last Amended: 11 December 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM550

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 defended settlement of Iron Age date. The broch was originally scheduled in 1934, but the area was inadequate to protect the full extent of the monument and omitted the associated outer defences and land adjacent with high archaeological potential. The present re-scheduling rectifies this.

The broch is set on an elongated natural mound near the W bank of the Burn of Golsary, about 30m S of a ruined croft. It is represented by a substantial grass-grown mound of stone, about 20m across and standing up to 3.5m high, which almost certainly conceals considerable surviving structural masonry and occupation deposits. Traces of two ditches and banks cut across the neck of the natural mound, and are probably contemporary outer defensive works.

The area to be scheduled is circular in shape, 40m in diameter, centred on the top of the broch mound, to include the broch and an area around it in which associated archaeological remains would be expected to survive. This area is indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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