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Toe Head

Broch

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Also known as:
  • Rudh'an Teampuill

Nearest Town:Uig (51km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   NF9700591341 / Sheet: 18
Latitude:57° 48' 32.38" N
Longitude:   7° 6' 8.35" W

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The headland was also an important landmark over 2,000 years ago, as it was the site of a 'broch' a large and impressive tower of two or three storeys that served as an Iron Age chieftain's residence. All that now remains is the circular foundation course, partly build over by the chapel. All of its other stonework has been removed, probably re-used in the construction of the nearby buildings including the chapel. One or more possible lines of enclosure on the landward side across the narrowest part of the promontory may also been part of the defensive strategy.

In earlier prehistoric times, up to 5,000 years ago, people left enigmatic 'cup marks' (small circular depressions) on the rocky ledges of the headland. 500 metres along the shore are the eroding remains of their settlements, which had been occupied periodically since the time of the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
15th August 2017ce
Edited 17th August 2017ce