History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
According to RCAHMS (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland), the broch dates to the late 1st millennium BC. You can clearly see the remains of a guard chamber off the left side of the entrance passage. This chamber measures about 14 feet long and 5 feet wide, and was topped by a beehive dome, very little of which remains. On one side of the broch interior is a mural cell, with a stone cupboard, or aumbry, built into the wall. Beside this cell is the entrance to the mural stair, where 5 steps lead to a landing. Very little remains of the first-floor gallery, and even less of the original Level 2 and 3 galleries.
Getting to Totaig Broch is half the fun; its a superb walk and not at all strenuous. Take the minor road along the west shore of Loch Duich, through Letterfearn. You can opt to park in Letterfearn and enjoy a 20 minute walk along the loch to Totaig, or continue to the end of the paved road at Totaig, where Loch Duich joins Loch Alsh, and park in a layby before the gates to the Ferry House at Totaig.
The broch is above you, on the left, as you climb up from the burn. If the bracken is high, you'll perhaps find the remains underwhelming at first, but as you explore the ruins you'll see that there's a lot more to the broch than it seemed at first glance. The views along the trail from Totaig are simply stunning, and near the start of the walk you can look across Loch Duich and see Eilean Donan Castle on the far shore.
About Totaig Broch
Address: Letterfearn, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On the forestry trail north and west of Totaig, on the south shore of Lochalsh. Park near the end of the road past Letterfearn.
Website: Totaig Broch
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Eilean Donan Castle - 1.2 miles (Castle)
Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Garden - 4.5 miles (Garden)
Dun Troddan Broch - 5.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Dun Telve Broch - 5.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Strome Castle - 6.4 miles (Castle)
Kintail and Morvich - 6.6 miles (Countryside)
Rassal Ashwood NNR - 9.1 miles (Countryside)
Falls of Glomach - 9.4 miles (Countryside)
Nearest Accommodation to Totaig Broch:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Totaig Broch. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Isle of Skye
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01478 612 992