Clachtoll broch is one of the most iconic monuments in northern mainland Britain and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is in a dilapidated state and choked with rubble debris. As a result, visitors can only access the broch by climbing over rubble to walk around the site on the wall head. This is both damaging to the broch and hazardous for visitors. Local concerns about the deterioration and public safety were raised in 2006 and resulted in a 2009 Conservation Management Plan funded by Historic Scotland. Further consolidation to secure the entrance area took place in 2011 and emergency propping for the south wall in 2014.
The aims of the project are to:
- Excavate the site giving visitors a unique insight into the broch’s original structure and use, as well as safeguarding it for future generations.
- Restore visitor access through the original entrance, open up the interior of the building and improve understanding of how the settlement surrounding the broch was used.
- Explore options for an architect designed structure that gives access to the broch and protect it from further wind and wave damage.
A Broch Interpretation Officer will coordinate a range of education and training opportunities for locals, tourists and schoolchildren. The excavations will be open and free for all to participate in developing archaeological skills.