Ballone Broch, Mybster

There are quite a few brochs around Westerdale, 8 that I can find so far, so there must have been quite a community of Picts raising families in the area for centuries. I'm of the mind that Westerdale may well have been an important Pictish HQ.

The broch is right beside the road, and there is a gate into the field (see photos below). Here and there small patches of stonework still poke through the grassy mound.

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Ballone broch photographs

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