Photographer's Note

Returning back to Carlabhagh (Carloway) the weather has taken a turn for the worse making photography difficult but I may not have another chance. A few miles to the south lies Carlabhagh Broch, a fortified dwelling which dates from around 100AD. Nobody knows the true purpose of these structures but it is thought that they were built as protection from raiders. There are double walls with spiral stairs between them going almost to the top and a single entrance guarded by a small chamber. You need to crouch to enter. Inside there were originally wooden floors giving two levels where families would live, with their animals on the ground floor.
There are several of these brochs on the Hebridean islands and Scottish mainland, all close to the sea, but this is probably one of the best preserved. It is amazing to think that such structures could be built almost 2,000 years ago and one can only wonder at the way of life and activities going on in such a remote island so long ago.


This a part of a series exploring The Outer Hebrides off the North West coast of Scotland. Some photographs of lesser quality may be included for sake of the travelogue - forgive me! Prints are available of selected photographs from my website. Please see my profile for details.

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