Hempriggs broch

A grassy mound heavily overgrown with horrid spiky thingies, and with only a few stones poking through the ground. It looks like a mound on a mound, and there is a line of stone that could be part of a course of original wall.

Access isn't easy as it is right beside the busy A9 road to Wick and there is nowhere to park. You may have to drive around a bit to find somewhere to stash the car and then there is a rather awkward and dangerous walk along the A9 to reach the site. There is a drive to Hempriggs House beside the site, but that's a private road and you can't block it. Perhaps the short track up to Loch Hempriggs nearby might offer somewhere to park up, I don't know.


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