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Carn Liath (Broch)

Driving to John O' Groats via the A9, we came upon this broch, right next to the road on the east. It is very easily accessible, but one must watch for it, as there are no signs that mark the broch. Despite the name, this site is, as mentioned, a broch. Finer examples of brochs surely exist, but the ruin is still most certainly worth visiting. Apparently, at first excavation, it appeared to be a cairn; upon further excavation, however, it was discovered to be a broch. I have read on several websites that it was the Duke of Sutherland who originally started exacavation. A lovely broch, in a resplendent setting. Dunrobin Castle can be seen across the waters. Interior wall-stairs remain intact to perhaps 3 metres or less. I was pleasantly surprised with this little known broch.
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