Dun Telve Broch, Highlands
Glen Beag, Glenelg
Brochs are massive, circular, prehistoric fortified dwellings some 2,500 years old. They have been built using a drystane construction method with walls typically 12 feet thick and an inside floor space of around 30 feet in diameter.
These round-houses were built and occupied from around 800BC until the second century AD. This is the earlier part of the Scottish Iron Age when defensive hill forts were being constructed in prominent and strategic positions in the landscape across the British Isles.
Dun Telve Broch is located in a beauitful valley deep within the Highlands, not far from the isolated village of Glenelg, which is a short ferry trip across from Kylerhea, Isle of Skye. Alternatively, a long winding drive from Shiel Bridge, following the old military road through some stunning highland countryside.
Whichever was you decide to visit this amazing broch, you find it conveniently located next to the road, where you can park and begin your exploration of one of the best-preserved broch's in all of Scotland.
The walls of this broch still stands thirty-five feet high, which is taller than any other broch on the mainland.
Exploring this broch, you'll be able to see the gaps left in the interior wall, typical of any true broch.
You cannot help thinking that in a difficult iron age world, this broch in its heydey, located within its sheltered glen, with woodlands and a nearby stream, and two further broch's close-by, would have been a good place to live.