Dunbeath Broch (Dun Beath)

It's surprising to find brochs with so much of the original stonework still standing. It's also surprising to understand that if these brochs had not been plundered of their stone, a large number of them would still be in much the same condition as when they were built. I think we perhaps underestimate the Picts. Not only did they build property that lasted, they were the only nation on earth to stand against the Roman tide and turn it.

Perfect family day out, with easy walking on good paths. There is plenty of parking (marked on the map), and there is a good path along the banks of Dunbeath Water which takes you right to the broch.

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Dunbeath broch photographs

Dunbeath 01

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Dunbeath 03

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Dunbeath 11

Dunbeath 12

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.