Region : Western Isles Home
Island : Lewis (Leòdhas) Map
Town or village : Carloway (Chàrlabhaigh) List
Grid Reference : NB 189 412 Glossary
Period : 1st mill. BC-1st mill. AD Bibliography
Dun Carloway
(Dùn Chàrlabhaigh)

Dun Carloway image

The best preserved broch in the Western Isles. It stands on a rocky knoll in a good defensive position.
The south wall survives to 9m in height. A guard-cell opens off the entrance passage. The courtyard's floor is restricted by a large rock-outcrop. From the interior three doorways open to intramural chambers, one of them with a stone stairway leading to the upper levels. The wall is 3.6m thick.
Recent excavations produced pottery later than main period of occupation. And the broch was used as a defence in the 16th century conflicts between the clans.
A modern interpretive centre has been built nearby.
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