January 22, 2019

Dun Colbost Broch Working Group



Glendale Trust Directors

Maggie Macphee (Community Council)

Clare Grey

Joy Davies

Donald Murdie

Elizabeth Macleod (LDO The Glendale Trust)

Community volunteers


Sub-committee – Dun Colbost Working Group

This sub-committee has been set up under the terms of the Glendale Trust Articles of Association, paragraph 16.



The project will be undertaken by the Glendale Trust which was established to support the development and regeneration of Glendale while preserving its heritage and history. 

Dun Colbost is one of the most prominent prehistoric sites in the Glendale area and through community discussions connected with the Glendale Cemetery Wall project in the summer of 2014 the community expressed a desire for further excavations at the site.  Colbost Common Grazing, on whose land the site is located, are supportive of the proposals.  As part of the 2016 Glendale homecoming weekend a guided walk to Dun Colbost was arranged and this was followed up with a talk at the community hall.  This event was very well attended and the community agreed that further excavation the broch would be a worthwhile endeavour.

The purpose of the previous excavations carried out at Dun Colbost in the 1980s and 1990s was to assess the archaeology around the entrance. Excavation was carried out over three short seasons and there was considerable interest from the community including a visit from local schoolchildren. The finds included pottery similar to that recovered from two other nearby brochs excavated in the early part of last century and excavations at Dun Colbost would help in the interpretation and dating of these two sites.  There is great interest amongst the community in discovering what brochs can tell us about the communities that lived in Skye 2000 years ago.  Dun Colbost is a well preserved example in a beautiful location and there is a feeling that it is a site that both locals and visitors would enjoy visiting.  An experienced partner organisation will be appointed to assist the Trust fulfil this project.  The excavation of Dun Colbost will run over 5 years and will include –

Year 1 – excavate the entrance passage and reveal and secure the lintels. Excavate the floor of the passage and retrieve any dating material. Clear the wall-head.

Year 2 – excavate the broch interior. This will require a considerable amount of stone removal before the excavation begins.

Year 3 – complete excavation of the broch interior and excavate between the broch and the surrounding wall.

Years 4 and 5 – completion of reporting and publication, path works and interpretation.

The legacy of the project will be improved access to the broch with better interpretation and visitor proofing.  The project will extend the available information on the heritage and history of the area as well as providing valuable research into brochs for locals, visitors and scholars.

We would like to start the project in 2017 to coincide with the year of Heritage, History and Archaeology.

The project aligns with the Trusts vision as the Project will help preserve the extensive, exciting, colourful history and culture of the area in a professional and sustainable way.  It will also align with the Trusts vision through involving the whole community, both young and old, in its delivery while also having the potential to generate revenue.



The purpose of this sub-committee is to lead and guide the work required to create a detailed project plan and to oversee the execution of that project plan on behalf of the Glendale Trust Board of Directors.



The sub-committee will (initially) comprise of the following:

  • One or more Glendale Trust Directors;
  • One or more representatives of each of the following project stakeholders: The Glendale Community Council, local landowners and the wider community.
  • The Glendale Local Development Officer
  • Other members, as determined from time to time by the sub-committee chair.


Delegated powers

The following powers, held by The Glendale Trust under paragraph 4 of the Memorandum of Association, are delegated to this sub-committee subject to the conditions noted. In all cases these powers, as delegated to the sub-committee, refer specifically to the Dun Colbost excavation project and are subject in each case to approval from the Glendale Trust Board of Directors for any financial expenditure.

  • to improve, manage, develop, or otherwise deal with, all or any part of the property and rights of the company.
  • to engage such consultants and advisors as are considered appropriate from time to time.
  • to liaise with other voluntary sector bodies, local authorities, UK or Scottish government departments and agencies, and other bodies, all with a view to furthering the company’s objectives.
  • to enter into any arrangement with any organisation, government or authority which may be advantageous for the company’s purposes, and to enter into any arrangement for co-operation or mutual assistance with any charitable body.


Rules of procedure

The sub-committee will be expected to convene monthly. However, such meetings may happen as often or as and when required.

To achieve its purpose members of the sub-committee will be called upon to make decisions in order to solve problems. Decision making and problem solving are ongoing processes of evaluating situations or problems, considering alternatives, making choices, and following them up with the necessary actions.

The sub-committee will:

  • represent the interest and views of stakeholders which have vested interests in the results of the excavation of Dun Colbost Broch.
  • report to the Glendale Trust Board at each board meeting, informing and guiding the Glendale Trust Board on the project.
  • oversee the planning and design process, ensure ongoing consultation and involvement of the wider community.
  • make recommendations to the Glendale Trust Board relating to the implementation of the project and the elements to be included.
  • have an ongoing role in ensuring that all parties are fully engaged in the project as it progresses and that the project is delivered to the quality required and will meet the needs of users.
  • liaise with the project manager and contractors while on site.
  • maintain and strengthen communication lines with all parties involved.
  • share what individual information, knowledge and expertise they possess on the project.
  • encourage community input and support, ensuring that the work meets the community’s vision for the future of the area.
  • regularly seek community feedback on the project.