MHG26654 - Mounds - Dunballoch Plantation, Wester Kirkhill


Mounds in Dunballoch Plantation.

Type and Period (1)

  • MOUND (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Inverness Field Club, led by Donald Coghill, surveyed a number of sites in the Aird area between 1987 and 1989. West of Wester Kirkhill Farm in Dunballoch Plantation, a prominent mound is marked V on the plan. It is 7-8 yards in diameter and is on the line of, and one third of the way between, 2 pylons if one walks from the Wester Lovat road. To the north of the mound and on the other side of a woody swamp and close to the Wester Lovat field are another 4 less prominent mounds with surrounding circular ditches. 3 are in a straight line but the western most one is slightly offset to the south. The one at the east end is 45 yards from the Wester Lovat road, and 12 yards from the field dyke. Three mounds are 7 yards in diameter from the bottom of the ditch, but the east one is slightly smaller. The distances the mounds are apart going from west to east are respectively 11 yards, 9 yards and 8 yards.

There are suspicions that there may have been another 2 mounds, one 12 yards southeast and the other 15 yards due west of the western most mound. Between this area and the old dam to the west there are another 4 definite similar mounds. On the other side of the dam there are another 6 definite similar mounds between the dam and OS 542453. These may be the mounds mentioned in the first Statistical Account as being situated at Blar-na-cui-flich. <1>

Note: Sites not visible on aerial photographs so location based on grid coordinates. (T. Blackie 12/12/22)

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Grid reference Centred NH 5430 4530 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54NW
Civil Parish KIRKHILL
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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