A record of our ancient Brochs, Hill-forts and Sculptured Stones of Scotland

Salachadh Broch


N.M.R. number:- NC50NW1 Highland HER number:- MHG11970   OS Grid Ref:- NC54910922  SCHEDULED



Site Description:-

Salachadh Broch stands amongst scattered trees overlooking the south shores of Loch Shin. The interior wall circuit and the southern exterior still survive with intra-mural structures especially in the south-east facing entrance. Fresh water is found in the stream to the east. As the loch water level has been raised for electricity generation better arable land may have been submerged. Access is by parking at the Salachadh road end and then a short walk over rough ground. The nearest broch sites are at Ferry Wood at the Ord Archaeological Trail and across the loch at Dalchork and at West Shinness.


Major Structural Notes:-

The outside diameter is 18.4m with a wall thickness of 4.5m and an inside diameter of 9.4m. The entrance passage has two ‘guard cells’ entered through each passage wall. Another intra-mural cell is accessed from an opening just to the west of the entrance. It has a stair rising clockwise upwards. In the north-west quadrant there were reports of another entrance passage and gallery but no evidence can be seen today.


Associated Structures:-

There is an enclosure wall around the east to south area and loose stonework lying about suggests further concealed structures within this enclosure.


Site Setting:-

The broch sits on the south shores of Loch Shin on what was probably land suitable for livestock. It has clears views around the southern end of the loch  and across towards Ben Klibreck. Loch Shin would have been the local highway.


Special Mentions:-

A laser scan survey exists of this site ref. EHG2725.


Sources: Site visits, Highland HER and RCAHMS Canmore database, Sutherland Inventory no.392 p135 and PSAS 95 pp171-198.