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Cnoc Carnachadh, broch 1400m north of Carnachy

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

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Latitude: 58.4438 / 58°26'37"N

Longitude: -4.1922 / 4°11'31"W

OS Eastings: 272136

OS Northings: 952695

OS Grid: NC721526

Mapcode National: GBR J60D.Y5H

Mapcode Global: WH49V.K1X7

Entry Name: Cnoc Carnachadh, broch 1400m N of Carnachy

Scheduled Date: 13 October 1938

Last Amended: 20 January 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1850

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Farr

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a fortified dwelling place of Iron Age date. It is surrounded by a low bank and a ditch, and stands on the edge of a natural terrace on the W side of Strathnaver. The broch was originally scheduled in 1938, but an inadequate area was included to protect the broch and the surrounding wall and ditch were ommitted entirely. The scheduling extension rectifies that situation.

The remains of the broch are much reduced, with the walls standing no more than 0.75m high; but details of the plan survive, including stretches of the inner and outer wall faces and a possible intra-mural chamber on the W. The broch appears to have had an internal diameter of about 7m, within walls 3-4m wide. The site of the entrance is not apparent on the W (upslope)side, while a low bank, representing the tumbled remains of a stone wall, can be traced most of the way around the broch.

The area now to be scheduled is circular in shape, with a diameter of 60m, to include the broch, outer area, ditch and ruined wall, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a broch, a significant type of late prehistoric fortified dwelling place. It has the potential to provide important information about late prehistoric domestic and defensive architecture, economy and contemporary land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC75SW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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