Dun an Sticir is an Iron Age broch situated approximately 9.5 kilometers north of Lochmaddy in a lake on North Uist. A building was erected on the site in the late-medieval period. Dun an Sticir was probably built in the Iron Age in the period between 100 BC and 100 AD, like most brochs. Limited excavations resulted in finds of pottery.

The broch was probably inhabited during the Viking period. In the Middle Ages the broch was converted into a rectangular hall, or small tower. The entrance was enlarged and a window was constructed. Outbuildings were added and there was a larger building on Eilean na Mi-Chomhairle. The causeway from the north side of the lake to Eilean na Mi-Chomhairle was widened to 3 meters, so that carts could get to the island.

The broch has a total diameter of 18 metres. The walls of the broch are 3.5 metres thick and in some places a little more than three metres high. The circular interior of the broch was in the Middle Ages transformed into a rectangular area 10 metres by 4.6 metres. The axis is northeast-southwest. The entrances are 1.1 metres wide, located in the northwest and southwest of the rectangular space. The wall at the southwestern entrance is 2.5 metres thick.

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Founded: 100BC - 100AD
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom

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Simon Gilmour (2 years ago)
Dean Eades (3 years ago)
Ed Williamson (3 years ago)
This is amazing, what a piece of ancient history, and you can just go and walk on it, pretending you are a man from ancient times
Jason Graves (4 years ago)
Stunning they think it could be as old as 5'500 years old amazing how they used to live we don't know we're born when you look back and see what they had to put up with a lot worse than we do now
Debra Richman (4 years ago)
So very interesting! Good sign to explain what it was.
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