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Dun Telve Broch **

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Description:

This is the best preserved broch in mainland Scotland and the second best preserved in Scotland as a whole after the Mousa Broch in Shetland.

Dun Telve's standing external wall is over 30 feet high. In the highest part of the wall...two scarcement ledges are visible: the upper one is a unique survival in Scottish brochs and probably supported a conical roof. The wall tapers inwards, in the distinctive 'cooling-tower' profile like Mousa Broch in Shetland. To the left of the entrance a doorway leads into a corbelled cell and a stone stairway. Four galleries and part of a fifth survive in the thickness of the wall. The voids visible in the inner face of the wall could have been used to ventilate and light the upper galleries. Outside the broch are traces of later buildings.

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