MHG53723 - Possible barns, Poll Taigh Charraigein


Two possible barns were recorded during survey carried out by Historic Assynt. They are likely to be associated with the Shepherd's House, built in 1811, although an earlier date cannot be ruled out.

Type and Period (2)

  • BARN? (19th Century - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) HOUSE? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two buildings surveyed by Historic Assynt.
These two structures have been built on two widely spaced knolls to the S of House S.

A consists of a few ruined courses of rough drystone material outlining an oval building 6m x 3.5m internally and aligned WNW – ESE with a doorway (A1a) towards the SE end of the SW wall.

B is identical in form but measures 6m x 3m internally and is aligned E-W.

Judging from their deliberately exposed positions A and B may well have been barns, perhaps built for the 1811 house though they could easily predate that and, together with S3 they may be either outbuildings or small houses from the days of Ann MacRa. Their relative positions don’t match those indicated on Home’s map, but the fact that there are three structures on the ground and three structures on the map perhaps indicates that Home’s positioning of the buildings is approximate. Nothing of the enclosure shown by Home appears to survive in relation to any of the surviving structures. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 1591 2827 (101m by 56m)
Map sheet NC12NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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