Càrn Liath is an Iron Age broch on the eastern shore of the Scottish Highlands. The broch has an external diameter of around 19 metres and an internal diameter of around 10 metres. The entrance passage is on the east side and is over 4 metres long. The entrance has elaborate door checks and a bar-hole to control access to the interior. On the right-hand side of the entrance passage is a small guard cell. The surrounding enclosure contains the ruins of additional stone buildings.

The broch was first excavated in the 19th century by the Duke of Sutherland, and was initially thought to be a burial cairn. Finds included pottery, flint chips, stone hammers, mortars and pestles, querns, whorls, shale rings, long-handled bone combs, a whale bone club, a silver fibula, steatite cups and an iron blade.

The site was excavated again in 1986. This showed that the site was occupied in the Bronze Age, before the broch was built. A Bronze Age cist burial with a food vessel was discovered. The foundations of many outbuildings were found in the enclosure surrounding the broch. Although many were clearly from a later period, some may have been contemporary with the broch.

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Founded: 300 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Hector Walker (2 months ago)
A place from the passed thats worth a visit. Beware of the midges in the summer months. Haha.
Stephen Parkin (2 months ago)
Parked overnight nice quiet spot,sandwich van there through day.
Mark MacDonald (7 months ago)
So interesting and in a beautiful spot. 4yo loved the exploring and the view. Mind your heads ?
Steve Christopher (8 months ago)
Excellent, very thought provoking. Well managed, more info would have been nice. Lovely views.
Isla Phillips (8 months ago)
Beautiful
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