Broch Magic

Place….Weathered Edges….are an important part of my journey on The Antlered Road. Often these are Trackways, Cairns, Caves or the such like, but sometimes a ‘place’ finds you unexpected and bewitches you. The Brochs at Glenelg are one of those places and their spell on me took hold 18 years ago.


A broch is an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure of a type found only in Scotland. Brochs belong to the classification “complex atlantic roundhouse” devised by Scottish archaeologist in the 1980s. Their origin is a matter of some controversy. The Brochs at Glenelg, Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are some of the best examples still standing. Many more exist further north and on the surrounding islands.

The Landscape/Glen they sit within is breath taking with steep Bens and meandering river which eventually leads to Kyle Rhea. This visit the surrounding Bens were still snow capped and a nearby waterfall was looking and sounding rather impressive due to the snow melt.

Since moving to Glenmoriston we’ve visited the Brochs a few times and their spell enchants me deeper and deeper with each visit. I’m desperate to run a Retreat here and there’s a perfect house that sits in the Glen nestled between the 2 Brochs. Spring 2019 feels the perfect time to run it…although my impatience wants it to happen now…but Weathered Edge Malas, lantern lit vigils and river magic are haunting my dreams with every visit. Contact me if it’s something you fancy being part of.

Photos are a combination taken by me, Jon Witney and Emma Reynolds

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