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The Pap


Nearest Town:Wick (2km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   ND37625140 / Sheet: 12
Latitude:58° 26' 47.74" N
Longitude:   3° 4' 7.7" W

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We were staying the night in a B+B on Broadhaven Road and I was looking forward to having a quick look of what remains of this broch.

Unfortunately when we awoke in the morning it was a real ‘pea souper’ due to sea mist and you could only see about 5 yards in any direction. I was hoping that by the time we left it would clear a bit but it wasn’t to be.

I asked the landlord about the site and he said that it was little more than a patch of rough ground with a fence around it. Access to the field is via a metal gate on Broadhaven Road.
Apparently the broch can be seen from his bedroom window – although not today!

I was tempted to go grouping in the fog to look for it but I knew we had a long drive ahead of us and there were many other sites I had on my itinerary today. The B+B was pretty good so perhaps I will get chance to visit when I am next in the area?

Time to visit the Castle of Old Wick (H.S. site) – if I can find it in the fog!

CANMORE state:
A badly mutilated mound of earth and stones some 18m in diameter and 1.3m in height standing on rising ground in the corner of a cultivated field, is all that remains of this broch. The hollowed centre of the mound measures about 13m in diameter. A portion of the outer face of the broch wall, some 0.1m high, can be seen on the NE side.
Various fragments of stone, shells and animal bone found in or near this broch are in Wick Museum, with several photographs of the excavations. Revised at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (W D J) 21 April 1962.

Badly overgrown but part of the outer wall is visible.
C E Batey 1981.

No change to the previous field report.
Visited by OS (J B) 18 August 1982.
Posted by CARL
19th August 2014ce