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Altbreck,broch 1650m ESE of Dalchork Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.0597 / 58°3'35"N

Longitude: -4.3893 / 4°23'21"W

OS Eastings: 259118

OS Northings: 910343

OS Grid: NC591103

Mapcode National: GBR H7JF.B4M

Mapcode Global: WH3BC.KP26

Entry Name: Altbreck,broch 1650m ESE of Dalchork Bridge

Scheduled Date: 19 February 1935

Last Amended: 21 June 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1829

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a broch, surrounded by an enclosure and associated with other enclosures and dykes. The monument is in an elevated location within a forestry plantation.

The broch measures 9.5m in diameter within a wall 4m thick with an entrance 1m wide in the SE. There are guard-chambers on either side

of the entrance passage and four other chambers within the width of

the wall. The chamber W of the entrance appeared in 1909 to be the staircase gallery. The chambers and entrance are still visible,

although they are almost filled with collapsed walling. The outer

face of the broch wall stands to 1.2m. Abutting the broch to the NW

is a D-shaped enclosure built of broch material. To the E of the

broch are traces of a large oval scooped enclosure 18m by 10m. The

broch is surrounded by the remains of a probable outer enclosure.

This is most distinct on the S, E and N as a marked break of slope.

In addition there are a number of dykes that appear to focus on the broch and may be prehistoric in date.

The area to be scheduled measures 140m NNW-SSE by 65m E-W, to include the broch, the outer enclosure, one of the dykes running S from the broch and an area around in which traces of activities associated

with the construction and use of the broch may survive, as shown in

red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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