Loch Brora Broch (Killin)

The broch has a military feel to it, and was probably a garrison to protect the brochs along the south shores of Loch Brora. One very interesting strategic fact is that it can be clearly seen from the three brochs on the south banks of Loch Brora, but cannot be seen from the north bank or down Strath Brora towards the coast. Roman legions landing at Brora would have probably marched with their eyes on the brochs on the south banks of the loch, unaware of the military garrison behind them. The broch is in ruins, and there is very little to see other than a mass of stones and a few architectural details.

Access is by way of a good walking track from Oldtown, just before Gordonbush. There is a bridge over the burn at the start of the track, and you can find somewhere to park nearby. The track makes its way through a forestry plantation, but there is a good quality gate at each end designed for walkers, both of which are easy to negotiate. The broch isn't visible from the track, so take your map with you so you know when to leave the track and strike out for the broch.

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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.