MHG26657 - Mounds - Long Wood, Kirkhill


Numerous low mounds by Long Wood, Kirkhill

Type and Period (1)

  • MOUND (Unknown date)

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. Longwood; On the south side of the Kirkhill - Dunballoch road, and in the mature fir wood known as Longwood, there are numerous low mounds of various sizes, both circular and oval with faintly discerned surrounding ditches. They are scattered over a large area and one or two overspill into an area of what may have been a previous enclosure at the east side. (see No. 16) Very faint traces of a ditch of medium width can be seen with difficulty running north - south; it is a short distance in from the corner OS 538453. This ditch is unconnected with forestry drainage. Some of the mounds may be in the area known as Baile na Sith mentioned in the Transactions of the Inverness Field Club Volume II page 235. This area is multi-period, being situated above the Stockford of Ross.

This dry level plateau was a noted camping site for armies from Viking to Hanoverian times. Alexander I put down a Celtic uprising in a battle believed to have been fought in the vicinity of the Stockford of Ross in 1110. There is what may be a post-Culloden turf wall at the north and east side of this area, parallel to the public road and estate track respectively. <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 5349 4539 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54NW
Civil Parish KIRKHILL
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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