Scots Blog

The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. This blog will regularly show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland


BROCH 19/12/2016

by Linda - 01:01 on 19 December 2016


These stone structures date from the first century BC and first two centuries AD. They are found widely in Scotland from Shetland to the Borders, but are concentrated in Shetland & Orkney, the Western Isles and the adjacent Scottish mainland. The broch at Glenelg, on the mainland across from the Isle of Skye is a particularly fine example. 

Brochs are circular hollow stone-built structures often with chambers within the very thick walls. Their origins and uses remain shrouded in mystery, and range from defensive structures to farm dwellings. Perhaps they may be regarded as 'castles' of iron-age chieftains. What is sure is that they are impressive, romantic structures which stimulate the imagination of the beholder!

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