Stones Journeys: Clachtoll Broch

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Clachtoll Broch was home to a farming family in the Iron Age until it was destroyed by a huge fire. Roughly, 2000 years later, the community group Historic Assynt led a project to excavate the ruinous broch. It revealed a snapshot of prehistoric life, perfectly preserved beneath the rubble. The broch sits high up on a prominent rocky coastal outcrop, flanked by sharp crags on the seaward side and a steep slope on the landward side. Assynt is a sparsely populated area in the southwest of Sutherland in the Highlands, lying north of Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland.

From the town of Ullapool, located NGR NH125945, THe broch is 40.6 miles (65.3 km) away. The entire trip to the broch is a little over an hour. Begin by taking the take the A835 from Ullapool. At Ledmore and the junction with the A837, take a left on to the A837 towards Lochinver. Just before Lochinver at the Lochinver Fire Station, you will see a sign pointing to Clachtoll. Turn right onto this minor road, the B869, that in six miles takes you to the small village of Clachtoll located at NGR NC039269. The road leading to Clachtoll is a extremely narrow single-track. Please drive slowly and carefully.

There are two ways to visit the broch. Park at Clachtoll Beach car park, signposted from the B869. From here, you can follow the coastal path (signposted "walkers welcome") beyond the car park west and then north to the broch. Another route for walkers is south from Stoer beach towards the broch. Park at the cemetery on the right just passed the village of Clachtoll. Cross the road and walk to the shoreline where you will find a path to the broch.

Visited June 8, 2022

Visitors Information

Visitors information for the Clachtoll Broch may be found at the Clachtoll Broch website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the Discover Assynt website.


Please check local road conditions for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streetmap UK.

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