No reviews, be the first!

  • Address: Carloway, Scotland
  • Hours: Year-round
No bricks, no mortar, no buttress -- just stone placed on top of stone on an exposed Lewis hilltop nearly 2,000 years ago, Carloway Broch roundhouse has stood tall against the Isle of Lewis’s raging Atlantic storms since the Iron Age. Looking out to Loch Roag, this is one of the best preserved brochs in Scotland, and parts of the Dun Carloway still come close to its original height at nine meters tall. 
 
It’s not clear why these brochs (Scottish drystone roundhouses) were ever built, but it’s thought that they could have been the homes of the high-status local leaders. Even though the building of brochs fell out of fashion in 150 AD, this multi-story roundhouse has continued to be used through the ages. 
 
Dun Carloway was even the scene of one particularly dramatic fight back in the 1500s, when a party of Morrisons stole cattle from the Macaulay clan and hid out in the broch. What did the Macaulays do? Smoke their enemies out with burning heather, of course. 
 
Next to Dun Carloway is the Doune Broch visitor center, where you can learn all about Iron Age life on the Isle of Lewis and get a sense of how life here must have been all those years ago. 

Practical Info

About 10 miles northwest of Stornoway on the A858, the visitor center is open from April to September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can visit the Broch itself all year round. Admission to both is free.

Tours & Tickets

See all

3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris, Inverness, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover Scotland’s stunning archipelago – the Outer Hebrides -- on this 3-day tour from Inverness. After traveling by minibus through the Scottish Highlands ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $490.96
6-Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

6-Day Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Scotland’s Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye on a 6-day tour from Edinburgh and discover the islands’ enchanting scenery, history and people! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $859.52

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message