Iron & Brochs: Iron Age
2500 Years Ago

Around 2500 years ago Caithness entered the Iron Age. This was a time when Scotland was influenced by groups from the continent – including the Romans – and people began to use iron.  In Caithness this period is dominated by the appearance of monumental architecture. Important groups and chiefs lived in huge stone towers (brochs) and hillforts. They were the kings of local groups, leaders who controlled farms and territories and had access to important resources such as iron and Roman objects.  Historical texts paint a picture of fueding warriors who enjoyed drinking and feasting but who also valued poetry, music and art.


To find out more about the different monuments used during the Iron Age click on the following links.

Promontory forts and forts


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