Saints and Stones: Dun Beag Broch

Dun Beag is the best known, the best preserved, and the most accessible broch on the Isle of Skye. The broch's history probably dates from a few hundred years B.C., but it was reoccupied in mediaeval times.

The broch has massive walls, still mostly intact, to more than 6-1/2 feet high. Inside the broch are a gallery, an entranceway, a stairway, and a security cell. The interior of the broch is about 36 feet in diameter, within stone walls that are some 14 feet thick on average. When originally built Dun Beag would have been 30 feet or more taller than it is today. The residents would have lived at first floor level and above, while the ground floor would have been used for keeping livestock. The whole structure would have been roofed over with wood and thatch and there may have been a defensive rampart around the top.

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Journey to Dun Beag Broch

The Dun Beag Broch is located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It is accessible from the main Dunvegan-Sligachan road, where there is a small car park, a signpost, and an information panel. From there, it is a short and easy walk up a slope to the remains of the broch.

Ordnance Survey Map (NG337385)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Dun Beag Broch may be found at the Historic Scotland website. General tourist information may be found at the Isle of Skye website.

Additional Photos of Dun Beag Broch

Road Sign for Dun Beag Broch
Approaching Dun Beag Broch
Approaching Dun Beag Broch
Descriptive Sign at Dun Beag Broch Site
Entrance to Dun Beag Broch
Cell in Dun Beag Broch
Interior of Dun Beag Broch
Interior of Dun Beag Broch
Stone Stairs in Dun Beag Broch
Space Between Walls in Dun Beag Broch
Space Between Walls in Dun Beag Broch
The View from Dun Beag Broch

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