Yarrows Archaeological Trail | Caithness

5,000 to 10,000 years of History at Yarrows, Caithness, in the far north of Scotland.

The communities that formed around the fertile lands of Yarrows go back to before the Stone Age with people settling and living in the land now known as Caithness. Today you can see one of the most important archaeological remains of these early settlements with 2000-2500 year old brochs, earlier burial cairns, standing stones, the nearby Hill o' Many Stanes and other archaeological points of interest in Caithness.

The Yarrows Archaeological Trail is just a short drive off the A99, turn off at Thrumster, a few miles outside the town of Wick. The trail is on privately owned land. Visitors are allowed to freely visit the broch sites and explore ancient history over a walk that normally takes about 2 hours. If you are short on time then the broch next to the Loch of Yarrows is just down from the car park area and it takes only about 10 minutes to walk to this fascinating broch in a spectacular location. Caithness has many outstanding ancient historical sites and this is one of our favourites to visit. The site is free to visit and has a small car park area for visitors.

Yarrows broch

Part of this broch is now underwater due to the loch water level being raised by damming.

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The view of the closest broch to the car park which is beside the Loch of Yarrows.

It is advisable to wear sensible footwear and ideally walking boots if you plan to go around the trail. Dogs can be taken on the trail. There is animals on the estate including horses so please keep all dogs under close supervision and on a lead near livestock or wildlife.


Yarrows broch by the Loch of Yarrows

Yarrows broch

This outstanding broch is just 10 minutes walk from the Yarrows trail car park.

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The broch is beside the lovely Loch of Yarrows. This loch is well stocked with brown trout and permits are available on a daily or longer basis. Boats are also available for trout fishing on the loch, fly only.

Loch of Yarrows

Loch of Yarrows

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Yarrows broch

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Yarrows broch entrance

Yarrows Location Map

Yarrows location map

Yarrows, Caithness map location.