Gailiable Broch (Gylable Burn)

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This one is in full view of the Kilphedir broch not far down the Strath of Kildonan on the other side of the River Helmsdale. The Kilearnan Hill broch, just a short way further up the Strath, was also probably built in view of both the Kilphedir and this one. The broch was built on a low spur and has been robbed of most of its stone, and what remains is just a pile of rubble. The base footings of the outer and inner faces can be seen here and there through the rubble, giving an internal diameter of 8.5m and a wall thickness of 4.4m.

Access is from the single track road through Glen Loth and walking along a forestry track to the banks of the Gylable burn. The broch is just 100 yds downriver from where the track bends. The area from the track to the broch is rough walking and crawling with ticks.


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