MHG20156 - Possible shieling huts, Carn Na Caillich


Two possible shieling huts, alternatively shooting butts.

Type and Period (2)

  • SHIELING HUT? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) SHOOTING STAND (19th Century to 21st Century - 1801 AD? to 2100 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two small, curvilinear structures (NMRS MS 738/28, no.4), which are situated on a steep N-facing flank of Carn na Caillich, were recorded during the course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd. They are situated in an area where the hillside is corrugated by natural erosion features. The upper structure is defined by broad rounded banks, which measure 3m wide and 0.5m high, enclosing an oval-shaped scooped or scarped interior 4m across. The second structure is similar in form though less well-defined. It opens to NE, or downslope, and is 6m wide internally.
The structures are interpreted as possible shieling-huts or shooting butts.
J O'Sullivan and D Rankin, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, December 1995; NMRS MS 738/28 <1>

NH 915 425 (centre) A pre-afforestation survey at Coulmony/Carn na Caillich, on the River Findhorn, was commissioned by Historic Scotland in response to management proposals by Cawdor Estate, and was conducted by AOC (Scotland) Ltd in November 1995.
NH 9067 4330 Possible shielings.
Sponsor: Historic Scotland <2>
AOC (Scotland) Ltd 1996.

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Grid reference Centred NH 9067 4330 (30m by 30m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH94SW
Civil Parish ARDCLACH
Geographical Area NAIRN

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