Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:00

Dun Fiadhairt Broch

Written by Chris

In my last post I took a trip back in Skye's history to look at the ruined Church at Kilmuir just outside Dunvegan.  For this post I thought it would be interesting to go even further back in time to the Iron Age.

Situated approximately 2 miles north of Dunvegan Castle is Dun Fiadhairt, an Iron Age Broch.  There are many Brochs on Skye, the brochs.co.uk website listing 10 but looking at the Ordnance Survey maps or Canmore website there are many more it doesnt list.  The Broch is easily accessible by parking near Loch Suardal and following the track to the west approximately 1.25 miles where the Broch is clearly visible. 

Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 1
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 2
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 3
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 4
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Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 6
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 7
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 8
Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 9
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 1
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 2
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 3
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 4
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  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 7
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 8
  • Dun Fiadhairt Broch, Dunvegan 9
  • The Broch is in reasonably good condition, similar to its near neighbour Dun Beag located outside Struan approximately 9 miles away.  The Iron Age ran from 800BC to 100AD and it is not known when during this period it was built.  The site was excavated in 1892 by the Countess Vincent Baillet de Latour.

    Finds included a clay model, thought to be a Roman votivc model of a bale of wool, and it is not known how this came to be present, there is a record of direct contact with Romans on Skye at Dun Ardtreck, but normally such items come via travellers coming from Roman occupied Southern Scotland.

    A quantity of iron refuse was found, iron bolts but no bronze.  There were also a number of stone objects, flint scrapers and similar.  Glass and amber objects included beads 2 of which were reddish opaque glass shaped like double-truncated cones (possibly Anglo-Saxon).  In addition there were also 59 amber beads which were probably used to make a necklace.

    Fired clay: a quantity of Iron Age pottery was found, rim edges indicating several vases.

    It is always fascinating to visit locations like this, to imagine what life was like those thousands of years ago, I wonder if the seal colony just a few hundred yards away was there back then?

     

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