Ach An Fhionnfuraidh Broch (Suisgill Lodge)

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This is another of the Strath of Kildonan brochs, and if you didn't know what you were looking for, you would probably walk past it without noticing the site. It is completely robbed and overgrown, though the walls can still be made out as circular mounds covered in heather and grass. From the top of the broch, you would have been able to see both the Suisgill and Carn Nam Buth brochs. There appears to be a break in the chain between this broch and the brochs further down the Strath, which would suggest there are brochs in the Strath I've yet to discover. More than likely there is one across the River Helmsdale, up the hill from Learable.

Difficult access here if you park beside the bridge on the single track road through the Strath of Kildonan and try to clamber up the steep, rocky banks of the burn. The ground is rough and boggy, with closely growing forestry conifers surrounded by high deer fences. It would be much better to park beside the Carn Nam Buth broch further up the strath and follow the pylons and deer fence from there. Also, take your map as the broch is practically invisible until you're almost on top of it. The pylons are a great marker to help you find it.


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Disclaimer: Some brochs were built with military defensive purpose, and as such can be situated in extremely dangerous areas, such as on the edge of cliffs and ravines. Additionally, these are Iron Age structures, most of them in ruins, and they are extremely hazardous, with crumbling stone walls and hidden chambers. Existing walls, lintels, and passages could collapse at any time. The information here is provided free but it is your responsibility to ensure its accuracy, ensure your own safety, and acquire permissions for access where necessary. Accessing brochs is done entirely at your own risk.