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ID:EHG3778
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Name:Basic photographic Survey - Bealach na Gaoithe, Arisaig and Moidart
Organisation:Unaffiliated
Date:Feb 2006

Description

J and K Bowker carried out a basic photographic survey in 2006 of a number of ruined buildings in what may have been a shelling community at Bealach na Gaoithe, Glenuig, Moidart, in an area around NM 684 764. Glenuig itself is on the shore of Loch Ailort, Moidart. The ruins are around Loch Bealach na Gaoithe, at an altitude of about 200m. The bealach’s name aptly translates as ‘The Windy Pass’ – these buildings are mostly in a very windy gorge and doubtless this would help keep the midges away in summer. There was no knowledge of any settlement here, or its name, and no buildings are shown on the 1876 OS map. The current 1:25000 OS map showed nine buildings. Sixteen were identified by this survey, all except one ruinous, ranging from gable-ended constructions, through circular ruins, to very basic rock shelters. The more substantial buildings were closer to the shore of the lochan than the rougher ones – the very basic shelters were amongst fallen rocks in the windiest part of the pass. The most notable was a storehouse of some kind (number 8), which had a complete slab roof and a cover at the doorway. Buildings were not measured, a walking pole and a human figure give the photographs scale. Two further features are included. Number 17 (two images) is a long and sometimes exposed wall which follows the Allt na Cairn Mhor, to the north-east of Glenuig, and number 18 (four images) are of a substantial ruin just off the old Lochailort to Glenuig post track, near Glenuig. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Images

Bealach na Gaoithe NM68583 76301 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68583 76301 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68583 76301 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68583 76301 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68614 76267 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68635 76267 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68658 76229 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68660 76250 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe  NM68674 76262 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68674 76262 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68640 76277 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68633 76287 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe  NM68633 76287 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68625 76290 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68579 76334 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68576 76314 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68600 76344 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68600 76344 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68580 76358 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68567 76358 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68552 76421 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerBealach na Gaoithe NM68529 76427 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerWall by Allt na  Cairn Mhor 01 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerWall by Allt na  Cairn Mhor 02 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerRubh na Cairn Mhor 01 NM6790 7804 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerRubh na Cairn Mhor 02 NM6790 7804 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerRubh na Cairn Mhor 03 NM6790 7804 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerRubh na Cairn Mhor 04 NM68030 77685 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean BowkerLoch Bealach na Ghaoithe 01 (photo by Ken and Jean Bowker)  © Ken and Jean Bowker

Reports

Correspondence  © Ken Bowker (File size: 114 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NM 6814 7712 (1093m by 2025m)
Map Sheet:NM67NE
Civil Parish:ARISAIG AND MOIDART
Geographical Area:LOCHABER
Location:Bealach na Gaoithe, Arisaig and Moidart

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Correspondence: Bowker, K & J. 2006. A photographic survey of Bealach na Gaoithe, Glenuig, Inverness-shire. Unaffiliated.

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