Tuloch Bad a Choilich Broch (Berriedale Water, Langwell House)

Another Berriedale broch plundered of stone. I suspect there may be a substantial amount of the broch buried under the rubble and heather, but above ground, other than a scattering of stone, there is nothing to see. This one is just a short way downstream of the An Dun broch, so there must have been quite a community of folks living here through the centuries.

Access is through the Langwell estate, so you should contact the Factor to arrange access, which would be simple were it not for a few of the footbridges over Berriedale Water having been washed away a few years ago in a spate. It might be wise to park beside the church at the top of north Berriedale Brae, and walk along the track from there and cut down to the banks of Berriedale Water at a suitable spot and return the same way. Walking could be very difficult if you try to follow the river.

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Tuloch Bad a Choilich broch photographs

Tulach Bad a Choilich 01

Tulach Bad a Choilich 02

Tulach Bad a Choilich 03

Tulach Bad a Choilich 04

Tulach Bad a Choilich 05

Tulach Bad a Choilich 06

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.