Coich Burn Broch

Looking at the map, I'm pretty sure this broch would have been in liine of sight of the chambered cairn on Balnacoil Hill, making the cairn an integral link in the communication chain. I would guess that cairns and brochs would have linked up the Blackwater to Castle Cole and up Strath Brora to link up with brochs in Dunrobin Glen and across to Rogart.

Access is simple, and you can park 100yds down the single track road from the bridge at the start of a forestry track. Beside the bridge there is a gate in the deer fence, and from there an easy walk takes you right to the broch which isn't far up the hill. The broch is built on the edge of a dangerous ravine.

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Coich Burn 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.