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Also known as Dun Dornadilla, a well-preserved broch with a distinctive enterance, standing to a height of up to 6.7 metres.

Uniquely Scottish

Dun Dornaigil is a fine example of a broch – a type of fortification found only in Scotland. There are well over 500 of them across the country, the majority in northern and western Scotland and the islands. Brochs emerged in the Iron Age around 2,300 years ago. They stopped being built in the early centuries AD.

Brochs developed from strong circular houses into tall, imposing buildings. They were drystone structures formed of two concentric walls, with a narrow entrance passage at ground level and small cells entered off the central area. A stone stair corkscrewed its way to the top between the two walls.


A safe house

What remains of Dun Dornaigil is very impressive from the outside, for part of its outer wall still stands almost 7m high. When complete, the broch may well have stood almost as high again. The interior is still filled with collapsed rubble from the upper levels and is therefore not accessible. However, the single entrance doorway into it does remain. This entrance is one of the most impressive broch doorways in existence, courtesy of its massive triangular lintel.


Highlight
  • The entrance doorway – the most impressive in any surviving , thanks to its triangular lintel.