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Allt Na Meirle broch

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There must be a string of brochs up Strath Fleet so word of impending invasion could have been forwarded quickly to Lairg and across to the west coast. The brochs along the east coast would have passed word to the East Kinnauld brochs, but from there to here there are breaks in the chain. The dun marked on the map would without doubt have been an integral link in that chain. There is also a break in the chain between here and Lairg, so broch locations still remain to be searched for and found. This one has much underground, but above ground there are still open chambers and existing original stonework to be seen.

You could probably park up opposite the broch, cross the River Fleet, then clamber over fences and scramble over the railway line, and have a fine old adventure, but there is a much longer route with easier access, as marked on the map. You would need permission from the farmer first, but you could then walk up a track all the way to a gate, and cross a couple of hundred yards of rough ground to the broch. If you decide to take this route, you will have to open and close a number of gates to ensure farm animals do not stray. Keep to the track and remember that you will be crossing private land to access the broch.

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Disclaimer: Some brochs were built with military defensive purpose, and as such can be situated in extremely dangerous areas, such as on the edge of cliffs and ravines. Additionally, these are Iron Age structures, most of them in ruins, and they are extremely hazardous, with crumbling stone walls and hidden chambers. Existing walls, lintels, and passages could collapse at any time. The information here is provided free but it is your responsibility to ensure its accuracy, ensure your own safety, and acquire permissions for access where necessary. Accessing brochs is done entirely at your own risk.

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