Dun Telve & Dun Troddan - Highland, Scotland Brochs National Grid Reference: NG 829 172 & NG 834 172 How To Get There Nearby Sites Related Sites Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are situated within sight of each other not far from the coast of the mainland near Skye. To reach them by road you'll have to pass along the A87 at some point. At Shiel Bridge by Loch Duich turn off the main road and head Dun Carloway west for Glenelg along an often serpentine mountain road. Gurness Notes Broch :- An Iron Age stone structure, bui throughout Scotland and concentrated near the coasts, a defence against raiding parties. Many are in a poor state of repa but the most complete examples look almost like the cooling towe of a power station! Typically the had one, small, easily blocked a defended entrance leading to a circular "courtyard" within. The walls were double skinned, providing small rooms and stora areas between the inner and ou walls. Steps were also built in th gap between the walls providing Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are easy to find, and though not in a remarkable state of access to upper wooden platform They were not standard living repair it is possible to get some idea as to the original structure. Dun Telve is in a better state of repair out of the two, the entrance is intact and you can explore various quarters, people would take refu rooms built into the cavity walls, even climb some of the steps that wound up between in the broch when a raiding part was sighted, possibly taking som the inner and outer wall.. There is a visible trace at Dun Telve of a ledge where it is of their valuable live stock with thought that a wooden platform would have rested giving a ground and upper floor them (such as would fit through within the structure. entrance anyway). Above is Dun Telve, the western most of the two brochs at this location. I'm sorry about the quality of the photograph. My trips to Scotland never seem to deliver a good crop of photographs and these are no exception. I found it quite difficult to get a good angle on Dun Telve due to surrounding trees, and then I got the sun right down the lens too! From this angle Dun Telve looks remarkably complete, but the remains are semi-circular. Dun Ringill - Isle of Skye, Scotland Iron Age Fort National Grid Reference: NG 562 171 How To Get There Nearb Sites From Broadford take the B8083 heading for Elgol. This is indeed a "long and winding road" - take it slow, take it Relate easy - enjoy the scenery. When you reach Kilmarie take a left off the main road, signed to Kilmarie Old Burial Ground. Park just around the corner by the graveyard. Just back around the corner is a bridge over the stream. Sites Cross this and then head out along the coast. You'll need to follow the coast path for about a mile to reach Dun Ringill. Notes This ruinous Iron Age fort is a place that I had long wanted to visit. I had tried to find it once before with inadequate maps and after failing miserably vowed that I would return suitably equipped. Finally that chance arrived during August of 1999. We were staying in a B&B at the south east coast of the Strathaird peninsular. Dun Ringill was just a few miles up the road. This site had long held a fascination for me. You see, I'm a fan of Jethro Tull. Ian Anderson used to live in the house by Old Kilmarie Burial Ground and in 1979 he wrote a song inspired by Dun Ringill and the thousands of years of human endeavor that surrounded his home. Once I had confirmed my suspicions that Dun Ringill was a genuine site and not just a bit of poetic license I became committed to finding it. The structure that awaited me bore more resemblance to a burial mound of some kind than a fort. It sits precariously atop the cliffs and looks like it should crumble away into the sea at any minute. The walls describe a rough "D" shape in plan measuring about 20 meters by 17 meters with an entrance to the northwest. The interior was full of fallen stone, weeds and thistles and looked too dangerous to explore in detail without at least a sturdy hard hat. I did explore enough to notice that there was space for a sturdy wooden door in the entrance and the holes in the walls for the bar which would have once secured it are still there. Dun Beag - Isle of Skye, Scotland Broch National Grid Reference: NG 339 387 How To Get There Nearby Sites Follow the A863 south out of Dunvegan for about 8 miles. Just before you enter the village of Struanmore there is a parking area on the western side of the road and the site is signed from here. Related Sites Park here, cross the road and walk up the hill. Notes Every time I visit Dun Beag the weather is against me. This time I just managed to snap some usable pictures before the clouds and rain came down. It's not just Dun Beag - it seems to happen on Skye as a whole. But then that's part of the beauty of the place. i Just need to remember to take some faster film for the camera next time! Dun Beag is regarded as the best preserved broch on Skye. You can see the remains of the stairway, a side cell and the gallery built into the 4 meter thick walls. These still stand to a height of around 5 or 6 feet. Much fallen masonry is still evident at the site, particularly on the eastward side of the broch.