Eldrable Broch (Eldrable Burn)

The Eldrable broch is directly across the River Helmsdale and slightly upstream from the Kilphedir. The broch is set on a knoll and there is evidence of what is probably the remains of an outer defensive wall. There appears to be further defensive works at the base of the knoll which only seem to occur north and west where the natural defences are strongest.

Access is difficult, as you have to cross the River Helmsdale. There is a sheep bridge for farmers use only (marked on the map), but you would have to contact the Torrish Estate for access and for permission to use it. If you ford the river, you would need waders, but if the river is high, that might not be possible. Do your homework with this one before setting out.

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Eldrable broch photographs

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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.