Dun Carloway Broch
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Dun Carloway has a base diameter of 47', and the walls still rise to 30' in places, and the inner core of the broch is about 25' across. The walls are 10-12' thick, made of two layers, with a hollow core. The walls have partially collapsed, allowing us access to the core and a good look at how the walls were constructed.
Within the wall thickness are several chambers and tiers of galleries on two levels, formed by flat slabs of stone that tie the two wall skins together and also allow visitors to climb up inside the walls for a good view.
What is a broch?
In truth, we do not know. They may have been defensive towers, meant to serve as a lookout guarding a settlement against attack. If an attack threatened, the inhabitants could gather their livestock together and take refuge inside. If this scenario is close to the truth, Dun Carloway would not have been permanently inhabited, but used only at certain times.
Access to Dun Carloway is by way of a 100' climb up a moderate hill from a parking area off the A858 south of Carloway village.
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About Dun Carloway Broch
Address: Carloway, Isle of Lewis, Lewis, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Off the A858
Website: Dun Carloway Broch
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Accommodation to Dun Carloway Broch:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Dun Carloway 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.