Dun Hallin, Dun Borrafiach, Dun Gearymore Brochs
Waternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye
Dun Hallin Broch
Dun Hallin Broch is located on a small plateau on the hill above the township of Hallin, some 450 feet above sea level.
From its summit it commands views of both Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort. This magnificent broch is some two thousand years old from the iron age with walls still standing over 12 feet high and 11 feet thick at its base. Its galleried dry-stone walls once had stone steps running up in between to upper wooden platforms, to a height of 40 feet.
Access to the broch's inner circular 'courtyard' was by a single low doorway beneath a massive trangular plinth. This was protected by substantial draw bars and a guard cell. A thatched roof kept its inhabitants dry and allowed the smoke from its central fire to escape. Dun Hallin has an internal diameter of 36 feet. There are also traces of walling around the edge of the plateau on which the broch stands.
To get to the broch from the road that runs through the township, take the only road on your right and you will soon see the broch upon its plateau come into view on the right hand-side. With consideration park in one of the longer passing places on this single-track road keeping the broch summit in sight, and from here its a long walk uphill across barren fields.
Two more brochs further north on the Waternish peninsula are well worth visiting. Returning to Hallin, continue along the road to Trumpan Church where there is a car park. The church and graveyard is well worth visiting. Leaving your car at the church take the walk north to the end of the road to the T-junction. Turn left where you will see signs making it clear that you cannot take any vehicle along the track or park in the area, hence leave your car at the church. After taking the Waternish track it quickly becomes apparent the reasons why you cannot take vehicles, as walking in good waterproof boots during summer months is diffcult enough! The views across to the Outer-Hebrides and two further brochs to explore more than make up for the waterlogged broken track.
After a few miles you will see Dun Borrafiach on your right hand-side, which overlooks a broad valley. The interior is full of fallen stones, but the exterior is remarkable for the size of some of the stones used and the quality of the building.
Look out for the remains of abandoned dwellings from a long lost community close by the road near the broch, well worth taking a look.
Further along the track, again on the right on a slight rise, is Dun Gearymore which is very ruinous, though most of the inner and outer wall-faces are visible, as are the walls of galleries, but not the entrance. In the north-west sector a few missing lintels give access to a gallery which is now mostly below ground level.
Dun Borrafiach Broch
Dun Gearymore Broch