Stairhaven Broch, Dumfries and Galloway
Stairhaven, South of Glenluce
Coastal road Off B747
There are only a handful of iron age brochs south of the Highland line, one of these is Stairhaven Broch near Glenluce.
Located on a rocky spur 30 feet above the sea, a ditch 14 feet wide seperates it from the cliff top walk which overlooks the broch.
Access to the broch is only possible from the shoreline, and at low tide. You can park at the lovely beach and walk across the rocky shoreline until you find the tumbled ruinous broch above you. From here you will need to climb up to the broch as best you can amongst the tumbled rocks and boulders, so good footwear is essential.
Of the brochs seen in west Galloway Stairhaven Broch is certainly one of the the best preserved. There are no door checks or guard cells but there is some remaining intra-mural staircase. The views along the coastline are really quite beautiful and you can imagine back in its day small boats beached below, with its inhabitants busy going about their daily business, safe in their defensive home. A lovely place to explore, but do keep a close eye on the incoming tide!