Backies Broch

Situated on the summit of a hillock behind Golspie, I expected this one to be of military design. As expected, no running water nearby, it commanded an unsurpassed view over the Moray Firth, and there were huge earthworks surrounding the site. Nowhere for Roman galleons to sneak in undetected here, and to attempt landings along this coast in fog or at night would have been suicidal. After marvelling at the sheer size of this thing and the work that went into its defences, the next thing that struck me was that there was no entrance chamber. Not sure why this would be the case, but they obviously didn't feel the need for one. The entrance also points up and across Dunrobin Glen, rather than towards the sea, which is in keeping with the Kilphedir. This broch is in reasonable repair too, with interior walls and chambers still intact.

There is limited parking outside a Scottish Water facility, otherwise you may have to find parking on the Dunrobin Glen single track road and walk up the hill. There is a gate just down the road, and you can then follow the fence around the Scottish Water facility into the trees on the other side of the facility. Then walk uphill to the top of the tree line and follow the treeline to the broch.

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