Stac a' Chaisteal

Garenin, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9AL

Type:Monuments & Ruins

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When accurate plans were created as part of the STAC project, it became clear that the building is virtually identical to the "blockhouse" structures hitherto found in Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. This type of structure usually consists of a massive sub rectangular wall with intra mural galleries built across barring promontories, with a central defended entrance and less substantial buildings behind. It is thought to be a fore-runner of the broch; their design eventually being adapted to form massive walls in a complete circle. Although none have been excavated, it is thought to be of the period.200BC-200AD.

The survey also found evidence of earlier oval buildings running underneath the blockhouse, and a bee-hive shieling built over them.

What's Nearby

  1. Dalmore/Dailmhor beach

    Lovely sandy beach with dunes, good parking and toilets. Great for surfing.

    0.83 miles away
  2. Medium, slim plant with pale to deep purple spike of flowers.

    0.85 miles away
  3. Gearrannan (Garenin) is a restored blackhouse village on the west side of the Isle of…

    0.85 miles away
  1. Dail Mhor (Dalmore) is a long sandy beach with sea stacks, on the Atlantic Coast of the…

    0.88 miles away
  2. Short, low growing with spike of bright yellow flowers

    0.89 miles away
  3. Blackhouses were common dwellings in the Hebrides. This was the last group to be…

    0.9 miles away
  4. Short, compact plant with pale yellow flowers

    0.97 miles away
  5. Traigh Dail Beag (Dalbeg) is a lovely small bay and beach on the west side of Lewis.

    1.6 miles away
  6. Our 1-acre garden, part of Scotland's Gardens Scheme, is open to raise money for charity.…

    1.75 miles away
  7. This is the best preserved and most visited broch in the Outer Hebrides. It occupies a…

    2.65 miles away
  8. A broch is an iron-aged drystone hollow-walled structure found only in Scotland. Dun…

    2.69 miles away
  9. Reconstructed Norse Mill

    2.7 miles away
  10. From the cusp of the Atlantic shores of the Isle of Lewis, hand poured soy wax candles,…

    3.11 miles away
  11. A horseshoe beach with sand, good birdwatching and safe swimming. There are two access…

    3.63 miles away
  12. Traigh Bhostadh is a sheltered shell sand beach at the north end of Great Bernera. The…

    5.09 miles away
  13. Tall slim leaves with large bright yellow flower

    5.1 miles away
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