Carloway Broch – mug with artwork by Margaret Maclean
The Carloway Broch, also known as Dùn Chàrlabhaigh in Scottish Gaelic, is a broch situated on the west side of the Isle of Lewis in Carloway. It was built most likely around 200 BC and is one of the best preserved brochs in the Hebrides.
It is around 9 m high and about 15 m in diameter. This particular broch was a living accommodation, going over three floors. The bottom was, where they kept their animals. As the entrance is very low and narrow it would most likely been sheep, chicken and pigs, a cow would not go through that small entrance. The first floor was the living accommodation, with a great hearth slab in the center where they had the fireplace. The top floor was where they slept. All the heat from from the animals and also from the fireplace was going up, so it would be quite toasty. The roof was made of grass, heather or reed.
The broch has and inner and an outer wall, in between were stairs to go up and down.
Over the last years the broch was not exactly treated with respect by some visitors who thought it would be a great idea to climb the remaining stairs or on the wall itself. As the result the broch got unstable and is not accessible until the repairs have been done.