However fascinating the Standing Stones are, they are not the only prehistoric site worth visiting - Dun Carloway is one of the best-preserved Iron Age Brochs in the whole of Scotland. Positioned above a crofting township and close to a large sea loch Dun Carloway, like the Standing Stones, is in the care of Historic Scotland. The origin of the broch and its precise use is still not clear. A 32 page book about the broch, written by Ian Armit and Noel Fojut is is available to buy online here, at the Calanais Visitor Centre or at the Broch Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre at this site was built in order to promote a greater understanding of the Broch. It is constructed from local stone and is built into the hillside. It houses "The Chamber - Scenes from the Broch" display, interpretation boards which give a lot of information about the Broch's history and significance to the local community throughout the ages. There is also a gift shop and Public Toilets.
Admission to both the Visitor Centre and the Broch site is free and you are able to access the Broch itself all year round, however, the visitor centre is only open April to September, 10am to 5pm.
For more information please contact:-
Ionad an Duin Mhor: Doune Broch Centre
Isle of Lewis