Scheduled Monument

Kilearnan, broch 800m WSW ofSM1869

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
NC 92160 18868
292160, 918868


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.

Statement of National Importance

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.



RAHMS record the site as NC91NW 2.

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