MHG53721 - Byrehouse, Ruigh Coinich


A byrehouse was recorded during survey by Historic Assynt, as part of a Scotland's Rural Past Project.

Type and Period (1)

  • LONGHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Surveyed by Historic Assynt.
Byrehouse O (NC 14198 26918) is aligned NNE – SSW and located on a south facing slope in a sheieling area called Ruigh Coinich, near the NE end of Loch Beannach and close to the remains of two much later bothies. At 16m long and between 3.10m and 3.30m wide and with semi-circular ends it appears to have been of very similar size and construction to Byrehouse J1, but is in a better state of preservation with walls surviving over 1m high in places. The doorway in the SSE wall is off centre to the north and opens into the lower byre end of the house which would have been approx 6m long internally. Protecting the higher domestic end of the house to the south there is a partial cross wall just inside and to the south of the doorway. It currently extends about half way across the building. <1>

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Grid reference NC 1419 2691 (point)
Map sheet NC12NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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