Dun Garsin broch, Skye

The Dun Garsin, Dun Beag and Dun Diarmaid brochs could all be visited comfortably in a day. The Picts sure had Skye well protected. There are cairns, brochs and forts all over the island, all built with military strategy and all connected by line of sight. Dun Garsin is a bit of an uncomfortable climb through bracken in the summer, so perhaps late autumn or early spring might be a good time to plan a visit. Dun Garsin is basically a turf covered mound of rubble, but I was able to trace the outline of the broch, and there were a few stones of the outer exterior wall still in place.

Access is easy as the broch is up on top of the fortress looking hill behind the car in the photo below. The climb however, may not be quite so easy, and there are cliffs to be wary of.


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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.