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Allt an Duin (Skelpick)

Broch

<b>Allt an Duin (Skelpick)</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
Nearest Town:Thurso (41km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NC7226757490 / Sheet: 10
Latitude:58° 29' 13.7" N
Longitude:   4° 11' 28.53" W

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Visited: June 7, 2017

Located atop a conical knoll, some 85 metres above the river Naver and about a mile east of it, Allt an Duin is protected by steep slopes, and in summer, a jungle of bracken. This is not a target for the casual walker as the ascent is demandingly steep, though it can be eased by making for the southern ridge and completing the ascent from there. Most of the ascent was through dense bracken, until almost at the broch, when heather took over.

The broch is built from large blocks of igneous or metamorphic rock and much of its structure is concealed under a massive expanse of tumbled masonry. Hardly any structure remains in view on the exterior, although the entrance passage on the west is still discernable. Within the broch there are a few stretches of the inner wall that still reach up to eight courses high.

This must have originally been a superb fastness, not only because of its situation—defended by steep slopes—but because of the amount of rock here. If all the rocks that have cascaded down from the hilltop were replaced in the broch, it would be a mighty structure indeed.

Access to Allt an Duin is along the single-track road to Skelpick, which follows the east bank of the River Naver from the point where the A836 from Bettyhill swings to the west.

Follow the Skelpich road for almost three kilometres, passing Lochan Duinte on the way, and park in the large sand-pit on the right of the road. Immediately across the road is a farm road and the broch is prominent on its knoll about 600 metres ahead.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
29th June 2017ce
Edited 3rd July 2017ce