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Glenelg Brochs


Dun Telve

The most impressive Iron-age buildings remaining today are the Brochs. These were usually circular in structure with a double curtain wall enclosing passageways and staircases which can still be seen. Glenelg is the site of the two best preserved brochs in mainland Scotland - Dun Troddan and Dun Telve.

Both the Brochs are twin-walled circular structures with a single doorway; off to the side of the doorway is a short passage between the walls which may have housed a guard or watchdog. Once within the inner enclosure, there is also an inner entrance leading to other passages between the curtain walls, and parts of the stairways still survive which gave access to upper levels.


Inside Dun Telve

The Brochs stood around 10 metres high (and both approach this height today in places). There are remains of wooden post holes at various points in the structure, and it is thought that the inner circular courtyard may have been roofed, giving comfortable living accommodation during times of attack; much more pleasant that the passageways in the curtain walls.


Dun Troddan stairway

The fine state of repair of the Brochs, acheived despite a complete lack of mortar, is a testimony to the skill of their builders.


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