Clickimin Broch, Lerwick

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The Broch of Clickimin is a large, well-preserved but restored broch in Lerwick in Shetland, Scotland. Originally built on an island in Clickimin Loch, it was approached by a stone causeway. The broch is situated within a walled enclosure and, unusually for brochs, features a large "forework" or "blockhouse" between the opening in the enclosure and the broch itself. The site is maintained by Historic Scotland. According to its excavator, John R.C. Hamilton, there were several periods of occupation of the site: Late Bronze Age farmstead, Early Iron Age farmstead, Iron Age fort, broch period, and wheelhouse settlement.LocationClickhimin Broch is situated on the south shore of the Clickimin Loch, three-quarters of a mile south-west of Lerwick on the Lerwick-Sumburgh road. It sits on a small promontory jutting into the loch. It is one of the best preserved broch sites in Shetland.DescriptionThe broch has an external diameter of around 20 metres and an internal diameter of around 9 metres. It is surrounded by a stone-walled fort consisting of a blockhouse and ringwork. The blockhouse is a free-standing drystone gateway set just within the entrance to the fort. Access to the broch is achieved via the entrance on the western side. The entrance passage may have had a "guard cell", now blocked up, on the right side, just inside the door jamb. The interior of the broch has two cells within the walls at ground-level. Excavations have revealed the postholes for internal timber buildings and in the 19th century there were said to have been radiating stone piers visible. There are two additional entrances to the broch at upper levels. The north entrance leads both into the interior and to a staircase. The other entrance leads to an intramural gallery.
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  • The brock is an easy walk from town, and scenic if you take the coastal path. The brock has been rebuilt and has good signage providing an explanation of what it may have been used for. If you walk a ...  more »
  • This broch isn't as well preserved as the Broch of Mousa, but is still interesting. It is very close to Lerwick and doesn't' require a boat to get to as the Mousa Broch does. It too was built in the I...  more »
  • The broch is located across from Tesco, where you can park well. Although it is only a ruin, it is beautifully situated on a peninsula in a lake. For interested in history is worth the visit! Entrance fee does not apply.
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