Carn Liath Broch, Brora

Carn Liath is a special place for me, as it was the first broch I photographed and spent time with. It was here that the adventure began. I don't think many of us realise just how deeply engrained in our present is our past. As I visit each broch, I'll share my thoughts on this website as I explore this pivotal time in Scotland's history. Much of the original ground level structure is still in good repair, and there is even a small guard chamber built into the stone walls by the entrance. Archaeologists have found holes in the floor for wooden posts which suggests there was an internal structure and a roof.

Access is very easy, with the broch just a few yards from the main A9 trunk road, and with a good track from the parking area to the broch. From the parking area, follow the signs and take great care crossing the main road.


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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.