Ardtreck Broch, Isle of Skye
Nr IV47 8SL
Dun Ardtreck is a D-shaped 'semi-broch' fortification (dun) located on the Minginish peninsula of Skye. It is close to the small village of Portnalong, situated on a rocky knoll on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea.
Finding this little Broch was not easy at first but there is a path from the road that once found takes you all the way there, albeit you'll need decent boots as it gets quite boggy in places.
Follow the B8009 through Carbost; turn left for Fiskavaig, then turn first right along the minor road towards Ardtreck Point. Just before the road ends at a gate to a house, park with consideration at the roadside. Walk down the gated farm track to the right. Follow the track as it passes to the right of a house, then cross a stile over a fence to the left. Cross the field and pass through a gate to pick up the footpath to the dun. On the day we visited it was extremely windy in this exposed part of Skye. As you can see from the photos, the scenery when you get there is breath-taking, so well worth the short walk.
The Dun has some typical broch type features, including galleries within the thickness of the wall which could be accessed from inside the dun. The entrance is equipped with door-checks and a guard cell.
Evidence of the demise of this fabulous stronghold was discovered when it was excavated in 1965. Pottery that had been destroyed by fire, an iron door handle found in its entrance where the wooden door had fallen or been forced in, point to it being attacked and partially destroyed, It's inhabitants left with but two choices, fight or jump to their death.
There is also evidence that after its destruction it was later re-used for some considerable time.
Shards of Roman pottery have been found, pointing to trading along the Atlantic coastline.