Learable Hill, Row 4

Row of stones leading up the hill towards the central standing stone. View from south.

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 23m long, including at least 51 small and medium-sized stones arranged in 7 separate lines situated at the eastern end of a terrace overlooking the Strath of Kildonan. The row is orientated north west to south east 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 89274 23466
Lat 58.18617602  Long -3.88482542

Map showing the location of Learable Hill, Row 4.

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


Type: Multiple Length: 23m
No. of stones: 51 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 145° Altitude: 160m
Upper end: Cairn? Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns, standing stone, stone alignments and stone circle
Notes: 7 rows. Views to north are concealed by rising ground.

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 M10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Row of stones leading up the southern slope of Learable Hill. View from south (Scale 1m).

Three stones forming part of the western side of the alignment. View from south east (Scale 1m).

The western row is the most complete and photogenic. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone row approaching the summit of Learable Hill. Standing stone and cairns on the skyline. View from south (Scale 1m).

View from  above and the south east of the western part of the alignment (Scale 1m).

View from  above and the south of the western part of the alignment (Scale 1m).

View from  above and the south east of the alignment (Scale 1m).

View from above and south of one of the central rows (Scale 1m).

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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