Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Isle of Skye
Dunvegan to Coral Beach road
Dun Fiadhairt Broch is one of the best preserved broch's on Skye and can be found on the peninsula of the same name, 2 miles north-west of Dunvegan Castle.
It occupies the summit of a rocky knoll rising from some 25 feet above the surrounding ground, lower than the rocky heights that surround it on the peninsula. Nearby sheltered Loch Ob an Duin makes for a perfect harbour.
As with all brochs it is circular and has an internal diameter of 31 feet with walls up to 12 feet thick.
It is approached by a track which winds its way from the road across moorland with fantastic views, including across Loch Dunvegan to its famous castle. Exploring the broch you will find the usual galleried walls with a lintelled entrance leading into an oval guard-chamber. There are further cells and chambers with a narrow doorway which can still be made out among the fallen stones. The eastern end of the wall gallery on the right of its doorway contains the beginning of the staircase, of which six steps remain. Almost opposite the main entrance to the broch and 16 feet from the last doorway is an opening into a low and well preserved passage to the outside.
A necklace composed of fifty-nine discoid amber beads, and a considerable quantity of shards of hand-made pottery, were discovered. The clay model of a bale of wool, thought to be Roman, is an unique find possibly obtained either from trade, or perhaps even direct contact in the late AD 70s with an exploring Roman fleet, which is thought to have sailed close to Dun Ardtreck Broch, which also has Roman finds excavated from its ruins.
Dun Fiadhairt is an absolute must see for anyone interested in ancient ruins and stunning scenery - an absolute gem of a find.