Dun Carnachaidh (Carnachy) broch

The broch is built on the edge of a natural shelf, and inner and outer original stonework is still evident in places. There isn't much of the broch left though, just a pile of rubble for the most part. Across Strath Naver is Dun Viden, and just along the strath is Dun Chealamy. Line of sight for communications between brochs, cairns and duns right across the Highlands appears to be more than conjecture or speculation. I'd say the case was proven. How else could the Picts have ralllied to threats of Roman invasion? The Picts did defeat the Romans during their three Scottish campaigns after all, and it is impossible for such overwhelming military success to be accomplished without good lines of communications.

Access is easy. I parked beside the cattle grid and simply walked up the hill to the site.


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