Dun Sleadale broch, Skye

One of the better preserved brochs on Skye, despite its ruinous state. Not sure what it was built for as it's behind a hill and you can't see the ocean from the broch. I'm tempted to say it was built primarily for line of sight communications, but I suspect this one had a secondary purpose as it has a military feel to it.

Access should have been straightforward - drive down to Talisker and head up the hill. There were road works on the single track road however, and I had to park on the verge a couple of miles up the glen. I headed across the hills and skirted round Buaile an Fharaidh, but it was hard going over rough ground and took me almost 3 hours to get to the broch and back.


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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.