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Dun Suladale

Broch

Fieldnotes

Visited: September 5, 2013

This broch lies hidden, separated by 500 metres of trackless, boggy moorland from the road-end at the village of Suladale.

A visit to Dùn Suladale is not for the casual walker. To gain this broch you have to cross one of the bleakest tracts of moorland on Skye: unrelentingly wet and boggy, without a hint of path to ease your way. Although the distance to be covered is only half a kilometre on the map, you will feel that you have covered several times this by the time you gain your target. You will need boots for sure, and a map and compass are strongly recommended to ensure you start the return journey in the correct direction: there are simply no indicators in the vicinity of the broch from which to take bearings back to the road.

That said, Dùn Suladale is a real gem. Both externally and internally, the walls stand six and more courses high around most of the circumference. On the east a distinct entranceway lined by blocks leads into the broch and another entrance portal topped by a sturdy slab lintel lies partly buried in rubble at the north. There's plenty structure to see, including two side chambers, as well as part of a staircase within the walls .

Dùn Suladale is the best preserved broch on the island, probably due to its remoteness.

You can learn more about this broch from RCAHMS.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
7th September 2013ce
Edited 11th September 2013ce

Comments (2)

It was an sunny October day about 20 years ago when myself and my OH visited this site. We approached it down the land rover track from the quarry on the main road half a mile on from Suladale Village. It was only a hundred yards or so of rough ground to scamble over. There was also another dun nearer the road which we visited but wasn't quite up to the standard of Dun Suladale.

http://binged.it/13vBwkR


A beautiful site and it looks like it hasn't changed a bit.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
8th September 2013ce
Thanks for the tip. The track you describe looks a much better approach. Must try it next time. LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th September 2013ce
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