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Kilearnan, broch 800m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1455 / 58°8'43"N

Longitude: -3.8337 / 3°50'1"W

OS Eastings: 292157

OS Northings: 918870

OS Grid: NC921188

Mapcode National: GBR J7X6.6MW

Mapcode Global: WH5DJ.2JQD

Entry Name: Kilearnan, broch 800m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1938

Last Amended: 13 September 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1869

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Kildonan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a fortified dwelling of Iron Age date, with a surrounding rampart and ditch. The broch was scheduled in 1938, but the area scheduled at that time was inadequate to protect the full area of archaeological importance, hence this extension.

The broch survives as a large rubble mound, up to 3m high on the N and falling steeply towards a burn on the S side. Two short stretches of inner wall face are visible, suggesting an internal diameter around 10m, and the thickness of the wall appears to have been just less than 5m. The entrance may have been on the E. To the SW, just outside the broch, earthfast stones suggest some form of outer structure or revetment. A rampart and ditch runs round the outside of the broch from the SE through NE to the NW. This rampart has been partly defaced by an old track.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter and centred on the centre of the broch mound, to include the broch, its outer works and an area of ground within which related evidence is likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a broch with outer defences. It has the potential to provide important evidence relating to later prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RAHMS record the site as NC91NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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