Learable Broch

The current status of this broch is that it is too much robbed and overgrown to state exactly which type of building it is. However two separate authorites, J Anderson in 1873 and H Morrison in 1883 both state that it is a broch. As brochs were in much better condition back then, I see no reason to doubt their records. By sheer size alone I doubt it could be anything else, and taking into consideration the importance of line of sight communications up and down the Strath of Kildonan I would say the case for there being a broch at Learable is proven. From Learable you can see the Kilearnan broch, so line of sight can be confirmed from the Kilphedir broch to the Suisgill. However, it is such a distance that I'm of the opinion there is a missing broch or cairn 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 accurately marked on any maps, but the site is so big you can't really miss 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.