Mybster Broch (Ballone)

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There are quite a few brochs around Mybster and Westerdale, so there must have been quite a community of Picts raising families in the area for centuries. As they kept no written records, we can only look at what they've left behind, scratch our heads and guess at their culture. That their brochs have survived since the iron age surely stands as a testament to their architectural genius. How many of our current buildings will still be around in 100 years, let alone 2000 years?

The broch is right beside the road, and there is a gate into the field. You can see what needs to be seen from the roadside though, without the need to enter the field. Here and there small patches of original stonework still poke through the grassy mound.


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Disclaimer: Some brochs were built with military defensive purpose, and as such can be situated in extremely dangerous areas, such as on the edge of cliffs and ravines. Additionally, these are Iron Age structures, most of them in ruins, and they are extremely hazardous, with crumbling stone walls and hidden chambers. Existing walls, lintels, and passages could collapse at any time. The information here is provided free but it is your responsibility to ensure its accuracy, ensure your own safety, and acquire permissions for access where necessary. Accessing brochs is done entirely at your own risk.