MHG5490 - Airigh Thalabhairt, Kinloch Glen, Rhum


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Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING HUT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Ruined, in heath/rough pasture, on moderate hillslope, with S aspect and altitude of 90-140m OD.
For adjacent finds of Bronze Age date, see NG30SE0003.
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NG30SE 3 384 005.

(NG 384 005) A group of ruined circular huts sited along the right bank of a small stream. Four certain and four probable huts, all measuring about 6' in internal diameter. One shows corbelling in the upper courses of the wall which still stands to a height of 4' in places. <1>

About 15 shielings in various stages of decay, some in adjoining clusters of two or three, with occasional animal pens.
Visited by OS (AA) 16 May 1972

One of the largest and most impressive groups of shielings on Rhum extends for about 300m along a terrace which runs NE from the track to Kinloch. The huts and pens are arranged in a series of clusters, and many show signs of rebuilding, probably indicating use over a considerable period. There are at least 14 huts and 12 pens, some of which have attached cells. Many of the huts are in a good state of preservation with corbelled walls standing to a height of 1.1m and in one case (NG 386 006) the entire corbelled and lintelled roof is intact; aumbries are also visible in some of the huts. Middens containing limpet-, razor- and mussel-shells were noted in the rocks NW of the shielings on the date of visit (May 1983). <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 3846 0051 (430m by 430m)
Map sheet NG30SE
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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