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Dun Fiadhairt

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<b>Dun Fiadhairt</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
Nearest Town:Uig (21km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NG23115042 / Sheet: 23
Latitude:57° 27' 33.85" N
Longitude:   6° 37' 3.35" W

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Visited: September 2, 2013 and May 29, 2016.

Just a kilometre and a half north of the much more famous Dunvegan Castle lies the Fiadhairt peninsula, an island but for a connecting strip of land barely 50 metres wide. Invisible from the road, here lies the magnificent Dùn Fiadhairt, in my view, its interior the best preserved of all the brochs on Skye save Dùn Beag.

Just before the main road north crosses Loch Suardal there is space to park, and less than 100 metres farther on a prominent path leads left through a gate on to the peninsula. Follow this path and it takes you to the broch.

The first aspect of Dùn Fiadhairt reveals its eastern portal, complete with a triangular lintel. The main entrance, at the west, is a passageway lined with stones, which leads to a wide entranceway with a further internal portal on each side leading into the impressive ground-level galleries. The double walls, which rise internally to between 6 and 8 courses almost everywhere around the broch are well preserved, as is the gallery between them. Near the diminuative eastern entranceway, a flight of steps leads up to a long destroyed second level.

If there is one particular 'must see', unrestored broch on Skye, this is it. It may seem to be in the back of beyond, but access is easy: it takes just a leisurely 20 minute stroll through delightful lochside scenery to reach it.

There's lots more to learn about this magnificent broch at Canmore.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th September 2013ce
Edited 4th June 2016ce