Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Carloway, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), is a village 24 miles West of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Carloway, lying at the head of a narrow sea-inlet to the far West of Lewis, would have been in Norse times a highly exposed place for raiders. It is this fact that accounts for the presence, on an obvious hill, of one of the best preserved and most remarkable of brochs, locally known as duns, in the Hebrides.
One half of the Carloway broch is now reduced, but what remains is impressive and clearly indicates how secure a refuge it must have been for the Picts or Celts who originally built it. They built it, not to hide themselves, but to retreat impregnably. Part of the neatly built and most workmanlike wall rises to 30 ft and is 11 ft thick. The courtyard is 25 ft in diameter. The internal structure is clearly visible, with slabs forming the bond between the two skins and floors of the galleries. A narrow entrance was easily defended from a strategically placed guardroom between the inner and outer walls.
Whether built as a defence against Roman slave-raiders, as some archaeologists believe, or later against the Norsemen, this is outstanding evidence of the architectural defensive power possessed by some of the earliest historical inhabitants of the Hebrides.
Nearby islands: Isle of Harris
Nearby towns: Stornoway
Nearby villages: Barvas, Callanish, Shawbost
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation