Ferry Wood Broch (Loch Shin)

This one is just a pile of overgrown rubble in the middle of a forestry plantation, and it's not possible to check line of sight with other brochs because of the trees. I would guess it's in view of the Sallachy, AlltBreac and Dalchork brochs, and perhaps even the Shinness. One thing is for sure though, after seeing this one, it's unquestionable that there must be many more brochs which have been completely plundered of stone through the centuries and have since disappeared underground.

Access is from the visitor centre at Lairg, marked on the map, which has ample parking, and then walking through the wood keeping to well maintained paths. The broch is signposted and you can't miss it. A bonus here is getting up close and personal with the Lairg Hydro dam. This is one for the family.

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Ferry Wood 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.