Learable Broch

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The current status of this broch is that it is too much robbed and overgrown to state that it is a broch with any certainty. However, in 1873 and again in 1883, two separate authorities (J Anderson and H Morrison) both declared that Learable was indeed a broch. As brochs were in much better condition back then, I see no reason to doubt their records. From Learable you can see the Kilearnan broch, so line of sight can be confirmed from the Kilphedir broch to the Suisgill broch. However, it is such a distance, that I'm of the opinion there is a missing broch site around the Kildonan Burn area linking Learable with Kilearnan.

From the single track road through the Strath of Kildonan, use the foot bridge over the River Helmsdale, skirt any electric fences, and make your way up the hillside. The ground can be boggy, and there is a railway to negotiate so good footwear and clothing would be recommended. The broch isn't marked on any maps.


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