Yes, it’s certainly ancient and abandoned, but not quite as old as Newgrange in Ireland or Stonehenge, in England.
This is the remains of a broch just down the road from the village of Glenelg, Inverness-shire, Scotland.
This was not a ceremonial site. It’s an Iron-age fortified house with dry-stone walls built to protect a family group and their animals 2000+ years ago. It predates the Roman invasion of Britain.
You can see the walls have a space between. This allowed stairs and passageways to reach upper floors. There’s a possibility these brochs were built by itinerant craftsmen given such skilled work found in various parts of the country. This broch is one of the better preserved examples on the mainland – the best is on the island of Mousa in Shetland.
The wooden frame also supported a thatched roof.
This stone lintel would have been man-handled into position. There was a cubby in the wall on the right … for dogs.
We were the only visitors.
Here’s the gap above the entrance way showing the location of passageways.
The drive into Glenelg is well worth the view from the top of the Mam Rattagan Pass. Here’s the The Five Sisters of Kintail, popular with hill-walkers.
Remind me to tell you my version of ‘The Five Sister’s of Kintail ” sometime. I’d tell it differently from the Secret Scotland Tour guide.
Information from other sources
Local area info – Secret Scotland Tour guide to Glenelg
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