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Carloway Broch

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Address: near Carloway (Charlabhaigh), Scotland
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Great Place to Visit

Really interesting that the research now shows a different use of the building than was previously thought - worth the visit, just watch out for the sheep!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Really interesting that the research now shows a different use of the building than was previously thought - worth the visit, just watch out for the sheep!

Thank Donald1961
Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a small site but it was fascinating to learn how the Broch was built and how clever the people were. We were able to really look closely at the building and appreciate its structure. Don't be put off by the fact that it is a small site - it is well worth visiting.

Thank Pamela M
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is history alive it is a beautiful place and the shop has a special place that is a great idea and free.

Thank Alison N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

You'll see the Broch from miles away on the road, but only when you climb up will you be able to appreciate how really impressive this construction is. We were there on a Sunday so the information centre was closed, but the Broch is accessible all the time and you can find all the relevant info on the internet anyway.

Thank WanderingFungi
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This was a very interesting place to visit, there doesn't seem to be much information on these types of buildings but there are some good speculations. There was a visitors centre but it closes in September so wasn't open when we arrived. You can still get to the broch though. There are public toilets that are open. No dogs aloud... More 

Thank NottsKim
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Like many historic sites in Scotland this is free to enter. Set in beautiful scenery the Broch is an Iron Age dry walled house (or small castle) only found in Scotland. These ruins have been well preserved as it can be. You can ramble over what's left of the interior and get a feel for what it was like. There... More 

Thank Terrence J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely lovely place to visit. Great views and fantastic area. ..so informative and loved every bit about this area. Shame it was closed and the little pace not open to gain more informant

Thank Colleen F
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

It appears that the buildings in this area became larger and more prominent around 500 BC. The brochs are the result – circular, dry-stone towers which belonged to the local chieftains. It is not sure the nature of life then so these could also be defensive towers. The best remaining example of a broch in Lewis is the one at... More 

Thank Bruce H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

As well as being one of the best preserved brochs in the islands and with stunning views and walks around its general environs it has an excellent little interpretation centre that recreates some of the scenes you would have seen within the building when it was lived in. A helpful member of staff at the small centre will answer any... More 

Thank Maloures
Breda, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Carloway Broch is a nice place for a short visit. We stopped after seeing the Callanish Stones. It is nice to see and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. Well worth a "pit stop" if you're in the area.

Thank Steven v

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