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Dun Boreraig (Duirinish)

Broch

<b>Dun Boreraig (Duirinish)</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
Nearest Town:Uig (23km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NG19485311 / Sheet: 23
Latitude:57° 28' 52.53" N
Longitude:   6° 40' 51.57" W

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Revisited: September 9, 2015

Returning to Dun Boreraig on a fine sunny day, the broch immediately appeared much more interesting than last time, when the sky was leaden and views practically non-existent.

Sitting atop a conspicuous mound, the broch immediately impressed me with external walling that stood five courses high in places, the individual blocks still nestling tidily against oneanother. Some of the stones in the foundation course were impressively large.

Though much of the original masonry has collapsed into the centre of the structure, significant stretches of fine internal walling still stand, and the original entrance passage is well preserved.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
14th September 2015ce
Edited 14th September 2015ce

Visited: September 2, 2013

Dùn Boreraig stands proudly on a hilltop eminence on the coastline at Boreraig, perhaps half a kilometre—as the crow flies—south of the prominent hilltop monument on Gob na Hoe. A path heads towards some coastal cottages: then it's a short tramp across the field and round the coast to the broch.

Impressive on the approach, Dùn Boreraig proves rather a disappointment at close quarters: much of the walling has simply collapsed both into and outside the broch, although there is an extensive stretch running up to six courses high, and there are clear signs of a gallery at base level. The interior also supported a substantial crop of nettles. In its day this would have provided a superb lookout point, and would have been visible from afar.

You can read more about this broch at RCAHMS.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th September 2013ce
Edited 14th September 2015ce