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Ach a' Chuil, broch 700m west of east end of Loch Naver

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

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Latitude: 58.3112 / 58°18'40"N

Longitude: -4.2912 / 4°17'28"W

OS Eastings: 265855

OS Northings: 938132

OS Grid: NC658381

Mapcode National: GBR H6SR.M2Q

Mapcode Global: WH398.1CTD

Entry Name: Ach a' Chuil, broch 700m W of E end of Loch Naver

Scheduled Date: 19 November 1938

Last Amended: 29 March 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1880

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 fortification of Iron Age date) and adjacent remains. The broch itself is already scheduled, but this proposal extends protection to the adjacent remains, which appear to be associated outer defences.

The broch stands on a small promontory on the S shore of Loch Naver. It is a little over 15m in diameter, and built of large blocks of local stone. On the NW side its outer face is still visible, and the entrance appears to have been from the SE. On the landward side of the broch is a low curving wall with a causeway on the SE. This causeway crosses a shallow boggy ditch and rises to a second line of outer walling, surviving as a row of large stones. There are other large stones and traces of walls on the promontory which may also be associated with the broch.

The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan, to include the broch, its outer works and an area around and between them in which evidence relating to the monument's construction and use is likely to survive. It is bounded on the N by the shore of the loch, on the W by the lowest stretch of a small stream and elsewhere by a line drawn about 40m out from the outer edge of the broch mound. It measures a maximum of 72m N-S by 55m E-W and is shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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