MHG28666 - Shielings - Beinn an Duibh Leathaid


Six small structures, assumed to be shieling huts located over 200m were identified during a afforestation survey.

Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING SETTLEMENT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NG61SE 34 centred on NG6889 1141

At least six small shieling-huts, lying in woodland towards the base of Beinn an Duibh Leathaid, were recorded over 200m during a pre-afforestation survey by Headland Archaeology 1998. The huts are situated on dry knolls on an otherwise generally very wet slope. They range in size from 2.5m to 4.5m in length by 2m to 2.5m in width. Four are very small oval structures, the other two are slightly larger subrectangular buildings. <1>

Further shieling huts lying within 150m diameter of this grid reference were recorded by SRP Camuscross in 2009 and 2010. They are described individually under MHG58368, MHG58369 and, MHG58370. It is not clear whether these are the same structures recorded by Headland Archaeology in 1998, or if they are additional; the NW face of Beinn an Duibh Leathaid appears to have formed an extensive shieling ground in the past.
Information from Ishbel MacKinnon, August 2011 <2>

The structures do not appear on the 1st or 2nd edition OS maps.

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NG 6883 1144 (200m by 94m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG61SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SLEAT

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