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Though not associated with castles SCA members will be interested to learn that a broch has been discovered near the village of Dunning in Perth. This is the first of its kind to be discovered in the Lowlands in 100 years and what's more it's in great condition! The remains consist of a massive stone wall more than 2m in height with 5m thick drystone walls.
The broch is situated at the top of a hill with a 360 degrees view of the countryside and would have visibly dominated its surroundings. Finds include a wide range of Roman trade goods dating from the 1st - 2nd centuries. It was destroyed by burning.
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There are, in fact 3 other brochs discovered in the lowlands during the last 100 years! Two are in Stirlingshire (forming a clump of 4 in the area) namely Leckie, Arnpiror and Fairy Knowe, Buchlyvie. Leckie had been violently overthrown and Fairy Knowe had been dismantled and converted into a 'round house' the usual suspects being the Romans. Calla Broch in Lanarkshire is the third. Buchlyvie boasts a good tea room as well as the broch for those visiting!