MHG52630 - Hut circle - Boor, Poolewe


A hut circle near Boor, Poolewe.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle near Boor, Poolewe, was recorded by C Dagg in 2008 during a walkover survey in advance of a proposed hydro-electric scheme. On a slight slope under a steep rocky face is a ring of large stones and rubble walling. Internal diameter is 6m and there is no visible entrance (photos 28-30). Running SE from this to the terrace edge is a field boundary of large, probably cleared stones which turns east to run for a short distance along the terrace edge. This is likely to be contemporary with the hut circle and represent prehistoric field clearance. <1>

184424 881034 Boor 1 JB016: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and J Buchanan 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. The platform of this circular stone structure is dug into and built out from a natural level terrace on a fairly steep slope . It has panoramic views over land and sea. A wall of large stones adjoins the W edge of the HC, running N/S. Inner facing stones show clearly on the W wall. The possible SE entrance is too tumbled to enable measurement. This is one of a group of 3 HC's, together with JB017 (MHG49738) and JB018 (MHG49707), with a possible 4th at roughly NG8402 8100. There are different phases of field walls, and several sets of lazy beds over the whole area. A burnt mound is visible by the stream 200m W of JB016. The circular structure has average inner diameter 8.15m, external diameter 11.6m, wall thickness 1.7m with maximum height 0.8m. The possible entrance faces SE. <2> <3>

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Note: NGR adjusted to position as seen on 2014 vertical APs [IS-L 22/03/2017].

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Grid reference Centred NG 8442 8104 (18m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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