MHG44595 - Hut circle - Creag Loisgte


Hut circle - Creag Loisgte

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Creag Loisgte.

In the springs of 1995 and 1996 a field survey was carried out on the NTS Balmacara Estate by M Wildgoose. At NG 7703 2740 is a hut circle 8m diameter, no obvious entrance. Lying on a natural shelf at the foot of a south facing rocky outcrop and overlooking a grass filled wet depression are the just visible foundations of a large circular structure. The remains protrude through the peat overburden and are obscured by short heather. The foundations measure 8.0m in diameter over walls constructed of large facing stones with rubble hearting, which measure 1.2m thick. No door opening is visible. A short length of boulder wall runs from the front of the shelf past the east side of the foundations to the outcrop behind. Just beyond, to the east side of this wall is a small single cell structure which measures 1.8m in diameter over walls 0.4m wide which has collapsed in upon itself filling the interior. The fact that the foundations of this structure appear to protrude up through the peat overburden may indicate a site of considerable age. <1>

177046 827395 Creag Loisgte A, CB001: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, C Boyd and M Wildgoose in 2009 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular HC sits on a heather covered terrace tucked into a bank and built up at the front. The slope aspect is S. Average double skinned wall inner diameter is 6.0m, outer diameter is 7.9m, wall thickness is 1m, max height is 0.6m. A possible entrance faces SE. Good facing stones show on inside wall A-A and B-B in sketch. There is a short length of walling to E of HC. Also a possible circular twinning pen to E, 2m diameter. The HC is 40m N of a track. The HC is associated with AW010 (see MHG44955) at a distance of 150m. From the HC there are panoramic views. <2> <3>

[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7704 2740 (13m by 13m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG72NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish LOCHALSH

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