Dun Dornaigil Broch
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The most likely date of construction is sometime in the first century BC. The outer wall of Dun Dornaigil is the best preserved, but the interior walling has collapsed in places and is held up with modern supports. The walls vary from 2 to 3 metres thick. Within the thickness of the walls a stone stair once led up to several stone galleries.
The dun is incredibly impressive in its semi-ruinous state so it is staggering to think that the ruin we see today stands only one-half its original height.
The broch has an unusually low entrance topped by a huge triangular lintel stone. The low entrance passage would have required any invaders to crawl, and they would have been picked off by defenders using spear holes in the passage roof.
The interior of the broch is filled with stone rubble from the walls and is inaccessible. It would originally have housed a courtyard covered by a thatched roof.
The exact purpose of duns like Dornagil is unclear; traditionally, historians thought they were defensive retreats, with their high stone walls providing protection from attack by neighbouring families. Some modern historians, however, challenge this 'practical' view of duns and suggest that they were status symbols, a demonstration of a tribe's wealth.
To reach Dun Dornaigil you need to take the narrow, scenic minor road down the east shore of Loch Strathmore.
NB The site is also known as Dun Dornadilla.
About Dun Dornaigil Broch
Address: Altnacaillich, Highlands, Sutherland, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Located on a narrow road 10 miles south of Inverhope, south from the A838 (not suitable for caravans or trailers)
Website: Dun Dornaigil Broch
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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