Learable Hill, Row 1


The western part of Learable Hill Row 1. View from south west (Scale 1m).

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 83m long, including at least 41 small and medium-sized stones arranged in 3 or possibly 4 separate lines situated at the eastern end of a gently sloping terrace overlooking the Strath of Kildonan. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and is associated with a number of small cairns which may be broadly contemporary. The row stands in an area with 3 other stone rows, a standing stone, stone circle and further cairns.


Scotland Sutherland Northern Scotland NC 89209 23546
Lat 58.18687785  Long -3.88596826

Map showing the location of Learable Hill, Row 1.

Plan of the Learable Hill stone alignments. (Source: Survey by Royal Commission). Original available here.


Type: Multiple and double Length: 83m
No. of stones: 41 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 60° Altitude: 164m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns, standing stone, stone alignments and stone circle
Notes: Three or possibly four rows along south western length and double along the north eastern length. The tallest stone is 0.65m high.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type C10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from above and south west (Scale 1m).


Widespread views are available from these rows. Sadly at the time of the visit conditions were unsuitable for a proper examination but distinctive peaks at the limit of visibility may prove a fruitful avenue for future enquiries.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NC 90042 23237. From here carefully cross the suspension bridge across the River Helmsdale. Follow the path to the railway crossing. Ensure there are no trains coming before crossing and make sure the gates are carefully closed. Follow the path up the hill to NC 89373 23682 and then walk south west for about 200m.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     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, pgs. 130 and 224.


VISITED:- 1st September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 2nd January 2018

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