Broughwhin I

The three remaining stones. View from the north east (Scale 1m).

A probable fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring at least 25m long, originally including a number of stones, but now surviving as three small and medium-sized stones leading from a cairn. The row is orientated NNE to SSW, has sea views and stands in an area with several other stone rows and chambered cairns.


Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 31307 41222
Lat 58.35417195   Long-3.175446725

Map showing the location of Broughwhin I stone row.

Plan of the Broughwhin I stone row (Source GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard). 

Map showing the position of Broughwhin 1, the other stone rows and other sites around Watenan (Source: Canmore). 

View from the south showing the prominent knoll on which the cairn and stone row are situated.


Type: Multiple Length: 25m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 32° Altitude: 110m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Chambered cairn, cairns, cist and stone rows
Notes: Probably the remains of a multiple alignment. Also known as Broughwhin Loch, whilst Burl calls it Broughwin NE.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No


Category: Probable. This site has been severely mutilated and as a result it is not possible to be certain that what remains relates to a multiple stone row. It is possible, although unlikely that there was only ever a single row at this location. It is however possible to be fairly confident that a row exists at this location

Individual Stones

The northern stone at ND 31297 41188 measures 0.36m long by 0.17m wide stands 0.29m high and is orientated at 20°. View from east (Scale 1m).

The middle stone at ND 31295 41186 measures 0.30m long by 0.10m wide stands 0.25m high and is orientated at 15°. View from south west (Scale 1m).

The southern stone at ND 31294 41185 measures 0.30m long by 0.25m wide stands 0.16m high and is orientated at 73°. View from south west with the north stone visible in the background and the position of the middle denoted by the ranging rod (Scale 1m).


The cairn which probably formed the upper end of the row. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at ND 31885 40851. Follow the signposting to the Cairn O’Get. The stone row is situated about 100m to the north of the Cairn O’Get across uneven open moorland.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Caithness Field Club Bulletin

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 222.


VISITED:- 9th August 2014 and 4th June 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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