MHG53393 - Farmstead, Achadh nan Cuillean


A ruined farmstead and associated features.

Type and Period (5)

  • FARMSTEAD (16th Century to 18th Century - 1560 AD? to 1800 AD?)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval to 18th Century - 1058 AD? to 1800 AD?)
  • DYKE (Medieval to 18th Century - 1058 AD? to 1800 AD?)
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (16th Century to 18th Century - 1560 AD? to 1800 AD?)
  • PEAT CUTTING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This site was noted during a walkover survey in August 2008. A farmstead is recorded here on Roy's military survey and on Thomson's 1823 map as Brumach and on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map as Achadh nan Cuillean. No buildings are recorded on the early OS maps but the land is shown as improved ground, with a footbridge and path.
The building cluster occupies a slight knoll at the west edge of the improved ground and consists of one long house with a rectangular enclosure to the east and another, sub oval, enclosure south of this. Other indistinct structures may include a corn kiln. A section of dyke runs from the building to the river and on the improved ground are three prominent conical field clearance piles. To the west, further low boundary dykes and enclosures occupy the "island" where the river divides. To the south of the forestry, on the east side of the Allt a'Mhagharaidh at approx NH 490780 are what appear to be peat cuttings. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 49126 78722 (660m by 447m) (4 map features)
Map sheet NH47NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ALNESS

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