The broch/roundhouse at Edins Hall is just one element in this extraordinarily complex site. It sits in one corner of a prehistoric hill-fort, measuring 134m by 73m.
The site is defined and defended by two large and impressive ramparts and ditches. Within these defences is an array of stone footings marking the positions of houses and other structures. They include a large circular structure (roundhouse) in the centre of the fort, close to the broch, that may have been the most important building before the brochs construction. Some of the houses overlie the defences indicating that the site continued to be inhabited even after the need for strong defences had gone.
Edins Hall has never been archaeologically investigated, although it was cleared by antiquarians in the 19th century. This makes detailed interpretation of the visible remains difficult.
The fort probably dates to the closing centuries BC, with the broch appearing in the 1st or 2nd century AD.