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Upper Borgue,broch

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2239 / 58°13'25"N

Longitude: -3.4925 / 3°29'33"W

OS Eastings: 312431

OS Northings: 927092

OS Grid: ND124270

Mapcode National: GBR K6RZ.T1H

Mapcode Global: WH5D9.BK4C

Entry Name: Upper Borgue,broch

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1933

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM596

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


Immediately behind the disused farm of Upper Borgue are the ruins of

a large broch. The broch was built on a natural hillock and includes

a large mound with an accompanying outer wall. The mound measures 25

by 26m and is about 4.5m high. There is a large depression on the

summit of the mound. The entrance is to the ESE and has been partly opened up at some time in the past, although it is now filled with debris. A portion of the outer facing wall is exposed on the S side

of the broch. The broch has been defended from the S round to the NW

by a wall which survives as a broad bank. This wall is located

about 6.4m from the base of the mound. There are traces of 2 possible associated buildings between the broch and the wall on the N of the site.

The area to be scheduled measures 65m WSW-ENE by 50m SSE-NNW, to

include the broch, wall and associated structures. The modern

building to the SE of the broch is excluded from the scheduled area, which is shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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