MHG49720 - Hut circle - Loch Bad A'Chreamh (Loch Bad A'Chreamh 5)


A hut circle near Loch Bad A'Chreamh.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Alternate Type) SHIELING HUT? (Unknown date)
  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • (Alternate Type) ENCLOSURE? (Unknown date)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle near Loch Bad A'Chreamh.

NG88SW 24 80750 81052
Hut circle, measuring 6m in diameter, with an E facing entrance. A more modern building, probably a shieling hut, has been built onto the N of the circle without disturbance to the foundations of the circle. Information by email from Terry Doe, 2 April 2006. <1>

180749 881051 Loch Bad A' Chreamh 5 HAB005: The hut circle was visited by A MacInnes in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This circular structure lies on a platform built out from a gentle south facing slope in an undulating grazed grassland landscape. There are panoramic inland views from the site. Some wall facings are visible as is the ring bank. Average inner diameter is 5.8m, outer diameter is 8.6m. The double skinned wall is 1.4m thick with maximum height 0.4m. The entrance faces southeast with terminals slightly extended although recorded measurements do not highlight this (see sketch). An enclosure 6m X 12m adjoins NE wall (see sketch) and may be contemporary. Measured width of the entrance externally is 0.8m, internally is 1.2m, with passage length 1m. This hut circle seems to be associated with a cluster of 8 structures in all, HAB001 (see MHG49704), distant 200m, HAB002 (see MHG49721), HAB003 (see MHG49722), HAB004 (see MHG49723) distant 170m, HAB006 (see MHG49719) distant 50m, HAB007 (see MHG49705), and HAB008 (MHG49706). These are all sited near to an ancient trackway from Naast to Sand River and Gairloch. <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].

NGR adjusted to position as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 80746 81063 (13m by 13m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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