REFLECTING THE WORLD OF NATURE
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Located south and east of Glenelg in Lochaber, Scotland, the Brochs were built overlooking the Abhainn à Ghlinne Bhig river between 2000 and 2500 years ago.
A Broch is a circular stone tower with both external and internal walls. Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are notable for their height of construction. The wall cavities could be accessed as living areas. They are now classified as "Complex Atlantic Roundhouses"
Dun Telve is over 18 metres in diameter and currently stands at just of 10 metres in height. The external walls are 4.3 metres thick at the base and 1.2 metres thick at the top. This Broch is located not much higher than the river.
Dun Troddan is slightly smaller at 7 meters with a diameter of 17.5 metres. Its walls are 4.5 metres thick at the base of the tower. Built on the hillside at approximately fifty metres above the road way and river, Dun Troddan overlooks Gleann Beag.
The purpose of Brochs has apparently been debated for many years by archeologists but there is a consensus that they are exclusively a Scottish feature.
Defensive, protective, or simply showing the power of the owners, one thing is certain, they are superbly impressive.
Stand back and imagine the skills used in the Iron Age to create these intricate buildings, they are things of wonder.
How did the builder make them so level? How were the walls so perfectly constructed and the towers so symmetrically shaped with nothing more than basic things like stone pendulums and water levels to check for accuracy?
Both Brochs are in superb condition and there is an atmosphere of history and many lives lived surrounding them.
This is the full Slate Isles Visit gallery from March, 2016.
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