MHG28041 - Hut circle - Cnoc Achadh na H-Uaighe


A hut circle at Cnoc Achadh na H-Uaighe.

Type and Period (2)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • SOUTERRAIN? (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Cnoc Achadh na H-Uaighe.

Just beyond Achadh na h-Vaighe crofts is a very considerable group of mounds. Near the centre of the group, on the upper side of the two tracks that run to West Langwell, is a hut circle with an entrance from the south-east. It measures internally 39 by 42ft. With a bank about 6ft thick. Just above the upper track and a short distance to the west of the last-mentioned hut are the dilapidated foundations of a more complicated structure. It comprises three compartments; a main oval one measuring 17 by 29 1/2ft into which the entrance opens from the south; and two apsidal compartments opening off it, one at the north and another towards the south-west,each measuring internally 16 by 14ft. The principal entrance is 2ft 8ins wide, through a passage 8ft long. Visited by RCHAMS in 1911. <1>

On the W flank of Cnoc Achadh na h-Vaighe is a settlement of three hut circles (A-C) one (A) with a souterrain, and an accompanying well-preserved field system. The "complicated" structure at NC 7160 0755 appears to comprise two contiguous enclosures; one, 9.5m across within a bank 2.0m wide and 0.2m high contains a swelling 5.0m in diameter, and the other is more elongated and incomplete. Though this bears little relationship to the RCAHMS description, it is severely reduced and mutilated with stone added, and there is no other feature of any description immediately west of hut A.
Revised at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (J M) 6 April 1981.

The site was visted by RCHAMS in 1995 as part of the Rogart survey and assessed as being a hut circle. This hut-circle (ROG95 41, NC 7160 0754) measures 11.1m from NW to SE by 8.5m transversely within a stony bank spread to 1.8m in thickness and 0.4m in height. A gap in the line of the bank to the NW may have been the entrance, and a robbed clearance cairn overlies part of the E arc of bank. The hut-circle was originally noted as an amorphous structure (RCAHMS 1911; OS); the misidentification resulting from confusion with an an angle in a later field bank which runs past the S side of the hut-circle, creating the impression of a subrectangular structure to the SW.
(ROG95 41) Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 9 March 1995 (see also <2>)

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Grid reference Centred NC 7160 0754 (18m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC70NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ROGART

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