Thrumpster Mains broch

It is so refreshing to see that someone cared enough about our history to have this broch landscaped and preserved for future generations. A small garden room has been set into the wall using stone from the rubble, and the broch now shows the ground layout exceptionally well. I think it was an excellent idea to use the broch rubble to build something like this rather than leave a pile of stone to one side, or worse, attempt to rebuild the walls. There is even a board showing you how brochs were built. The entrance, the stairs to the first floor gallery, and a chamber are now beautifully preserved. It would be wonderful to see more of our brochs being salvaged from the rubble of our history left by past generations.

It's best to park in Thrumpster and walk back to the private road leading to Thrumpster House whilst being mindful of the traffic.

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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.