MHG41624 - Hut circle etc, Mains of Ulbster


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ND34SW 14 334 426.

A group of three hut circles and about twenty mounds lies on both sides of the road from Borrowston to Mains of Ulbster over a distance of about 400 yds.
The best-preserved hut measures 18 by 22ft within a bank 4-5ft thick. The entrance, on SE, is marked by two large portal stones 1ft 10ins apart and about 1ft 2ins high. A single stone laid between them forms a sill. The mounds are from 15-20ft in diameter and 2-3ft in height. Excavation by Anderson in 1865 revealed no evidence of burials.
RCAHMS 1911.

Centred at ND 3341 4268 is a field system and four hut circles, three as described by RCAHMS, fourth, the most southerly, formed by a heather-covered stony bank some 8m internal diameter with an entrance on the SE. The field system comprises about forty stone clearance heaps amongst which a number of small fields can be identified.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R L) 19 April 1967.

(ND 3335 4279; ND 3338 4279; ND 3344 4261; ND 3349 4253) Hut Circle(s) (NR) (3 times) Field System (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Overgrown with deep heather but some features clearly visible.
C E Batey 1981.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 167, No. 534 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Batey, C E, 1981, Caithness coastal survey 1981: interim report, Wic 200 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG1959.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3341 4264 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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