MHG51327 - Sheep drains south of River Rannoch, Ardtornish


A series of drains on the east side of Allt Srath Shuardail which may correspond to sheep drains dug in 1855 by Donald McDonald.

Type and Period (1)

  • DRAINAGE SYSTEM (Constructed, 19th Century - 1855 AD? to 1855 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey in 2008 identified a series of drains on the east side of Allt Srath Shuardail, south of the River Rannoch. These are visible on aerial photographs, orientated NE - SW, but are difficult to trace on the ground due to the hummocky terrain. These, with others to the north, may correspond to some of the approximately 100 hectares of sheep drains dug in 1855 by Donald McDonald, who was employed as "march hird" for the Achranich Estate (presumably a shepherd patrolling the march with the neighbouring estate). The Ardtornish Estate Ledger records that in 1855 Donald McDonald was paid £3 16s 3d for "cutting 953 roods of sheep drains". These drains will not be affected by the proposed works. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NM 73085 46638 (266m by 355m) (Approximate)
Map sheet NM74NW
Civil Parish MORVERN
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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