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2021 - The year of the broch


By David G Scott

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LOCAL archaeological charity Caithness Broch Project has released its much anticipated Brochs of the North 2021 calendar.

The calendar, which features a different broch for each month, will help raise funds for the group whose ultimate aim is to reconstruct a broch as a major tourist attraction in Caithness.

The charity has been constantly promoting the Iron Age towers which are especially prevalent in Caithness – many still awaiting in-depth excavation.

The cover of the calendar produced by Caithness Broch Project shows Dun Carloway in the Western Isles. Picture: Jim Richardson/National Geographic.
The cover of the calendar produced by Caithness Broch Project shows Dun Carloway in the Western Isles. Picture: Jim Richardson/National Geographic.

Information on its website says: "There are more broch sites in Caithness than anywhere else in Scotland, yet we do so little as a county to promote them. By rebuilding a broch, using the same techniques as the original builders, we will provide an insight into how Iron Age people lived their lives in Caithness."

Sales of the calendar will help CBP take a further step on the path to realising its long-term dream.

The month of April shows a photo by Helen Spencer, and is of Clickimin Broch which can be found on Shetland.
The month of April shows a photo by Helen Spencer, and is of Clickimin Broch which can be found on Shetland.

CBP co-director Kenneth McElroy, who helped to create the calendar, was delighted with the results and said: "I can think of no better way to start the day than with a top-notch broch photograph. There are some beautiful photographs of brochs from across Scotland from some really talented photographers. In fact, our cover photo is by Jim Richardson, a photographer for National Geographic!"

The calendar is available from CBP's online shop www.thebrochproject.co.uk/shop as well as Coo's Tail Gallery in Thurso.

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