Allt Na Meirle Broch (A'mheirle broch)
There must be a string of brochs up Strath Fleet so word of impending invasion could have been forwarded quickly up the strath to Lairg. The brochs along the coast would have passed word to the East Kinnauld broch, but from there to the Dun above Rhaione there seems to be a break in the chain. There is also a break in the chain between here and Lairg, so lost broch, dun and cairn locations still remain to be searched for and found. This one has much underground, and above ground there are still open chambers and existing original stonework to be seen.
You could probably park up opposite the broch, cross the River Fleet, then clamber over fences and scramble over the railway line, and have a fine old adventure, but there is a much longer route with easier access, as marked on the map. You would need permission from the farmer, but you could then walk up a track all the way to a gate, and cross a couple of hundred yards of rough ground to the broch. If you decide to take this route, you will have to open and close a number of gates to ensure farm animals do not stray. Keep to the track and remember that you will be crossing private land to access the broch.
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Allt Na Meirle broch photographs
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Disclaimer: Some brochs were built with military defensive purpose, and as such can be situated in extremely dangerous areas, such as on the edge of cliffs and ravines. Additionally, these are Iron Age structures, most of them in ruins, and they are extremely hazardous, with crumbling stone walls and hidden chambers. Existing walls, lintels, and passages could collapse at any time. The information here is provided free but it is your responsibility to ensure its accuracy, ensure your own safety, and acquire permissions for access where necessary. Accessing brochs is done entirely at your own risk.