Scheduled Monument

Ach a' Chuil, broch 700m W of E end of Loch NaverSM1880

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
NC 65855 38132
265855, 938132


The monument comprises the remains of a broch (a fortification of Iron Age date) and adjacent remains. The broch itself is already scheduled, but this proposal extends protection to the adjacent remains, which appear to be associated outer defences.

The broch stands on a small promontory on the S shore of Loch Naver. It is a little over 15m in diameter, and built of large blocks of local stone. On the NW side its outer face is still visible, and the entrance appears to have been from the SE. On the landward side of the broch is a low curving wall with a causeway on the SE. This causeway crosses a shallow boggy ditch and rises to a second line of outer walling, surviving as a row of large stones. There are other large stones and traces of walls on the promontory which may also be associated with the broch.

The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan, to include the broch, its outer works and an area around and between them in which evidence relating to the monument's construction and use is likely to survive. It is bounded on the N by the shore of the loch, on the W by the lowest stretch of a small stream and elsewhere by a line drawn about 40m out from the outer edge of the broch mound. It measures a maximum of 72m N-S by 55m E-W and is shown in red on the accompanying map extract.



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