Carloway Broch sits on top of the highest hill in the village giving a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding countryside. It is an amzing feat of engineering with walls reaching 30feet and built by the dry stone wall method using no mortar yet giving strength and stability that has lasted for two thousand years it is testament of great skill from the people who built it. Providing a great lookout for seeing advancing enemies although no one really knows for sure why these massive structures were built in the first place at around 100BC. Tradition records the builder to be the giant Darg Mac Nu-Anan in the fourth century.

It is believed that Carloway Broch was built for defence purposes given its height and structure. The broch would have given the local people and livestock a refuge in those turbulent times. Chambers at floor level connect by passages and stairs to narrowing galleries above and the only opening on the outer wall is a tiny door no more than 3 feet wide, so no one is going to get in there in a hurry!!

The Morrison Clan is said to have used Carloway Broch as a stronghold in the 17century during the long-standing feud between them and the Macaulays of Uig. That particular siege was ended by the Donald Cam Macaulay climbing the outer wall, no mean feat in itself, and throwing burning heather down into the central area.

As late as 1870 there was a family living within the broch.

Opening Times and Useful Information
There a visitor’s centre and a car park with a short but hilly walk up to Carloway Broch. The view on its own is worth the effort.

Carloway Broch can be visited at any time.
Entrance is free.

Carloway Broch Interpretation Centre

There is an interpretation centre at the foot of the path up to Carloway Broch, which often offers a range of hand-crafted locally produced items for sale.

Open May to September
Mondays to Saturdays
10am to 5pm

Disabled toilet facilities are availabe in the interpretation centre building.

Carloway Broch
Isle of Lewis
Western Isles


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