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Borgue Langwell, broch, outworks and later settlement, Berriedale

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1761 / 58°10'33"N

Longitude: -3.5273 / 3°31'38"W

OS Eastings: 310267

OS Northings: 921818

OS Grid: ND102218

Mapcode National: GBR K7N3.NY9

Mapcode Global: WH5DG.SRJJ

Entry Name: Borgue Langwell, broch, outworks and later settlement, Berriedale

Scheduled Date: 15 June 1939

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM524

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), associated outer structures and also foundations of much later, post-medieval, date. The broch itself was scheduled in 1939, but the protected area is not adequate to cover all of the archaeological remains. This re-scheduling rectifies the position.

The broch remains survive as a mound some 17m across, with traces of galleried construction visible in its SW arc. On the S side, two rectangular foundations of post-medieval date lie above the tumbled remains of earlier constructions, perhaps an outer wall and dwellings associated with the broch.

The area now to be scheduled is circular, 50m across and centred on the broch, to include the broch and the remains around it as described above. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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