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Bridge of Broubster, stone circle 700m ENE of Broubster Village

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.517 / 58°31'1"N

Longitude: -3.6407 / 3°38'26"W

OS Eastings: 304524

OS Northings: 959927

OS Grid: ND045599

Mapcode National: GBR K6C6.YV6

Mapcode Global: WH5BW.16M4

Entry Name: Bridge of Broubster, stone circle 700m ENE of Broubster Village

Scheduled Date: 25 May 1938

Last Amended: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM427

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Reay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises a circle of small upright stones, dating from the Neolithic or Bronze Age. The two largest stones (one upright, one fallen) are already scheduled, but this proposal extends protection to the whole circle.

The circle, or more properly oval, is set on a gentle slope near to a stream. It is formed of 7 upright and one fallen stones, and there is a gap on the E side where two more stones seem to lie below the peaty surface. The tallest of the stones is barely 1m high, while the fallen stone is about 1.5m long. The plan is an oval, elongated slightly NE to SW, measuring very approximately 60m across. An old track cuts across the N part of the circle, showing as a band of gravel and small stones.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle, 80m in diameter, to include all of the stones and an area around and between them in which evidence relating to their erection and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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