MHG11632 - Coul


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NH89SW 7 8110 9408.

On an elevation on edge of 50 foot raised beach and at mouth of a dry gully Allt' o' Chaoling (possibly near Coul) are the remains of a structure, roughly circular, about 30 feet in diameter. The walling is of stone, standing some 18 to 30 inches high. A break suggestive of a doorway, faces NNE.
About 20 feet NE on a projecting spur of the beach, are the remains of a smaller circle some 28 ft in diameter and lying about 4 feet lower than the other. The walls in this case appear to be of earth and sand, with the doorway facing in the same direction.
The situation of the two circles overlooks the Kyle of Sutherland and Loch Fleet. J M Davidson 1948.

Of the two structures described by Davidson, the larger at NH 8110 9408 consists of a semi-circular bank forming an arc, 11m across, open to S, where a drain issues from the nearby farm. No stones can be seen in the bank, and it is unlikely that it ever described a complete circle. The smaller structure to NE measures 3.5m internal diameter within a circular sandy bank, c 2m wide.
These are not huts. Their purpose is uncertain, but they may be associated with the adjacent farm of Coul.
Visited by OS (N K B) 3 November 1969.

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Grid reference Centred NH 8109 9408 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH89SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

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