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Smerral, broch to east of Bunellich

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.285 / 58°17'6"N

Longitude: -3.4033 / 3°24'11"W

OS Eastings: 317811

OS Northings: 933792

OS Grid: ND178337

Mapcode National: GBR K6YT.ZNV

Mapcode Global: WH6F8.P0KY

Entry Name: Smerral, broch to E of Bunellich

Scheduled Date: 8 September 1934

Last Amended: 12 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM581

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 a broch, a prehistoric defended dwelling. It is already scheduled, but the scheduling does not include an adequate area fully to protect all of the remains: hence this extension.

The broch is a large mound about 25m across, standing 3m high. It appears to be substantially undisturbed, with no trace of the original entrance and only a short stretch of outer wallface showing on the SW. There are later walls to the NE and E.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle of 50m in diameter, but cut off on the NW side by a field boundary. The area thus defined includes the broch and an area around it in which associated remains are likely to 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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