MHG27914 - Creag an T-Sionnaich


A search light emplacement, noted during walkover survey.

Type and Period (1)

  • SEARCHLIGHT EMPLACEMENT (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ield survey was carried over an area of 20sq km around the shores of Loch Leven during March 1996. The survey concentrated in an area between the village of Glen Coe (8km to the W of Kinlochleven) and the Blackwater dam (about 3km E of Kinlochleven) and examined all the ground between sea level and 300m that was not under existing forestry or woodland.
Monuments already recorded in this area were either related to the military road (NN 16 SE 2) or the building of the dam (NN 26 SW 3) that provides power to the Kinlochleven aluminium smelter. Some 82 monuments were recorded systematically for the first time. They fall into three clear groups: military monuments, industrial monuments and Early Historic/prehistoric monuments.
Within the area a variety of military monuments were recorded that appear mostly to relate to the protection and building of the smelter and dam. Sites included search light stations (NN1750 6173), fox holes (NN 1757 6170), and the substantive remains of a prisoner-of-war camp that was built to house a labour force for the smelter. This site (NN26SW 13) consisted mainly of building footings and landscaping features that can be clearly seen in clearings within the woodland and birch scrub about 1000m to the E of Kinlochleven. At the E end of the survey area Wade's military road runs down into the village of Kinlochleven before continuing N out of the survey area. This feature survives as a metalled track outwith the urban development. Along the line of this feature a number of culverts and small drystone bridges were noted.
Industrial monuments were classed into two groups. Charcoal- burning platforms - roughly circular scoops fronted with drystone and measuring up to 13m in diameter - may be seen mostly on the S shores of Kinlochleven to the W of the village and in the upland area immediately to the E of the village. The second group of industrial monuments was that related to the construction and operation of the dam and smelter. Most of these features are to be found between the dam and the village of Kinlochleven and range from building footings to the stations to carry the overhead cables of the system that was used to lift heavy equipment up into the construction area.
Historic and prehistoric monuments in this area are generally located in the fertile patches on the N loch shore. The sites consist mainly of rig and furrow cultivation, stone clearance and occasional enclosures, both circular and rectilinear. Due to repeated cultivation in these areas until relatively recently these features are faint and difficult to interpret.
A full report has been placed in the NMRS.
Sponsor: Historic Scotland
AOC (Scotland) Ltd 1996 <1>

A possible searchlight stance (NMRS MS 738/31, no.12), lying immediately below the modern road, was recorded during a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland Ltd). The site comprises a stone-lined pit, which measures 2m in diameter and 0.5m in depth, within which there is a concrete pillar 1m in diameter and 0.6m high. A stainless steel bolt, 1 inch in diameter and 4 inches high, is set into the top of the pillar. About 60m to the SE and above the road, at NN 1757 6170, there is square-sectioned, T-shaped ditch (NMRS MS 738/31, no.15) measuring 5m in length, 1m in width and 0.5m in depth.
C Burgess (AOC Scotland Ltd) March 1996; NMRS MS 738/31, nos. 12 and 15 (nos.44/1-2). <2>

Originally recorded by NMRS as one record, Sites 12 and 15 have now been separated (see related records). This location refers to the searchlight position and AA station. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NN 1750 6172 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NN16SE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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