Dun Borrafiach broch, Skye

The Skye brochs are full of surprises. Some are so small it made me think the Picts were dwarves. Then there are some massive fortresses, like this one. Stonework is still standing and there is much to see, including interior and exterior walls and open chambers.

Park across from the church at Trumpan, walk up the single track road and follow the track marked on the map. I call it a track, but it's rather boggy and muddy in places. You can see both brochs from the track, but if the weather closes in or the fog comes down, this is one easy place to get disoriented and lost. As there are extremely hazardous cliffs along the coast, have a map and compass, or GPS, always know where you are, and wear proper hill clothing and boots.


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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.