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Carloway Broch

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Great example of Broch

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The Carloway Broch is the biggest wie have visited up to now. On the offical maps 1:25'000 scale there are many indications about remains of brochs. But this, although in ruins, give you a very good example how the brochs have once looked. The round structur with the double wall is still complet and part of the stairs that may... More 

Thank lemongras
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to drop into if you are doing a tour of the north of Lewis. Nice walk and great views! Good history

Thank Ann T
Elgin Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This broch is pure atmosphere, with amazing stonework, tremendous views and a sense of history unmatched anywhere. It stands on a knowe, with fantastic views. I could have stayed all day, easily.

Thank 321malcolm

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