Suisgill Broch

This is another of the Strath of Kildonan brochs, and judging by the huge surrounding earthworks, it was most probably another military garrison. Perhaps all the Strath brochs were sandwiched between this one and Kilphedir. From here, the Ach An Fhionnfhuraidh and Carn Nam Buth brochs are clearly within line of sight down the Strath, and I believe there must have been an unbroken chain of brochs from Kilphedir to here, along which word could have been passed in moments. The Scots certainly understood military tactics, and it is certain they were warriors who knew how to handle weapons to protect their way of life. The Roman historian Tacitus described the people who lived in the Strath as tall, red headed men who fought bravely with long swords and round shields. Their descendants live in Helmsdale and the Strath of Kildonan to this day.

The broch is beside the road, so you can park on the verge (not in passing places) and wander down to the site. This is a beautiful location, and one for the family (bearing in mind that there are ticks in the heather).

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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.