Ulbster School broch

A low grassy mound with a slight hollow in the centre and nothing else to see. Thinking of its strategic value, I'd guess it was placed for line of sight communications linking the two brochs on the other side of Loch Watenan with the cairns around Hill of Ulbster and on north to the Borrowston and Brounaban brochs.

The nearest parking I could find was by the south shores of Loch Watenan, and then walking across country. I wouldn't even consider walking along this dangerous stretch of the A9 as it is narrow, there are no verges and heavy lorries take up the whole road.


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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.