Brochs were constructed both for living in and for defensive purposes. This one, the Broch of Gurness, sits right on the coastline and is surrounded by a number of houses followed by another wall and then a couple of ditches and raised mounds.
It dates from over 2000 years ago and was used by both Picts and then Vikings.
The photo shows the entrance way running through the outer houses to the one entrance to the broch itself.
Everything is original and you can walk through everywhere unlike at the more "theme parkish" Skara Brae on the other side of the island.
A magical and undervisited site.
Processed on my tablet.
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- Copyright: Ian Fegent (ifege) (10277)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-27
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K3, Pentax 16-50mm 2.8, 77mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Northen Europe 2014
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-29 8:14