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Dun Carloway Broch

Dun Carloway Broch

Dun Carloway is a well-preserved broch dominating the village of Doune Carloway. It likely dates from the last centuries BC.

It is now thought that brochs were "status symbol" dwellings as much as they were defensive forts. It rises to 30 feet, and its external diameter is 47 feet. According to local tradition, it was occupied intermittently until the 17th century.

In the 16th century the Dun was attacked by Donald Cam Macaulay, who climbed up the outside on the points of daggers to throw burning heather inside to smoke out the Morrisons, who where sheltering inside after a cattle raid.

There is some evidence that another much smaller broch was to be found close by - on an islet across from the present-day Doune Braes Hotel.

Title: Dun Carloway Broch
Record Type: Historical/ Archaeological Sites
Gaelic Name: Dùn Charlabhaigh
Type: Broch
Period: Iron Age (pre-Roman) (800-0 BC)
Grid Ref Northing: 941281
Grid Ref Easting: 119033
Record Maintained By: HC
Subject Id: 52246