Dun Troddan 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 Troddan is a fabulous example of an Iron Age broch, which are unique to Scotland, and therefore such special places to visit and explore. It is situated just 600 yards from its sister Broch, Dun Telve, albeit on higher ground rather than valley floor within its sheltered glen. With walls 2500 years old still standing to a height of 25 feet with internal mural walls typical of a broch, this is a fabulous special place to visit. Once there would have been internal wooden floors long gone, but the stone steps and internal walls give a good idea how the broch would have looked like as a home back in the Iron Age.
You can see Dun Telve lower down the glen between the trees. Like its sister broch, this too is located next to the road, so again access is very easy. In the other direction further up the glen as the road becomes a rough track, can be found an earlier broch, Dun Grugaig, that requires a little more determination to discover.