Balantrath Broch

The ruins of Balantrath broch are situated on a rocky outcrop on the banks of Dunbeath Water. All that remains of this broch is a large mound of earth and stone perched on the edge of a small cliff. Looks like the ideal spot for both raising families and defending yourselves from marauding Romans on their march for one world governance. Not much has changed in 2000 years regarding Rome. Perhaps we should start rebuilding the brochs.

There are a number of ways to get to this broch. You can carry on walking along the footpath from Dunbeath broch, follow a track from the single track road south of the river and cross by way of a bridge beside the broch, or walk along the track from Dunbrae and cut down through the trees to the river just past Balantrath house. Nothing too difficult here.

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Balantrath broch photographs

Balantrath 01

Balantrath 02

Balantrath 03

Balantrath 04

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.