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Achorn, broch 200m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2547 / 58°15'16"N

Longitude: -3.4723 / 3°28'20"W

OS Eastings: 313691

OS Northings: 930497

OS Grid: ND136304

Mapcode National: GBR K6SX.B3W

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.MSQ8

Entry Name: Achorn, broch 200m NW of

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1939

Last Amended: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM511

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument consists of the remains of a broch. The surviving remains form a large mutilated mound of earth and stone measuring 30m N-S by 27m E-W and about 3.5m high on the N side. A small trench has been dug about 6m SE from the centre of the mound and this has revealed one side of a gallery, or room, in the width of the broch wall. The area to be scheduled measures 50m in diameter, to include the broch and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and occupation will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric settlement and defensive architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The site is RCAHMS number ND 13 SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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