MHG55117 - House (Building C1), Balmacqueen


The remains of a building within the former township at Balmacqueen. The township was surveyed in 2011 and the building numbers in the record names are taken from the survey report.

Type and Period (2)

  • HOUSE (16th Century to 19th Century - 1560 AD? to 1877 AD?)
  • TWINNING PEN? (16th Century to 19th Century - 1560 AD? to 1877 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The easternmost structure in Site C: turf-covered, subrectangular drystone building, measuring 11.1m E-W by 3.5m internally, constructed with large stones and boulders; rubble core with two faces visible in places. There appears to be two phases of construction, with a later 'building up' of the earlier building, possibly for use as secondary byre or pen. The lower wall base measures 1.7m wide at the N and S walls and the secondary walling measures 0.7-0.8m wide on the same. The N wall stands up to 1.4m high and the S wall, which is mostly revetted into the hillslope up to 1.3m high. The entrance, 1m-wide, is located in west end of the N wall The building has slightly rounded corners at the NW and NE and a rounded inside corner in the SE. There is a 'ledge' in the S wall of the structure, which may have supported a roof or may have been the wall head in the primary structure. There appears to be a higher concentration of stone rubble inside W wall of the building, and could possibly be structural-possibly a ruinous twinning pen. A wall of rubble stone and boulder construction in attached to the NW corner and runs towards the shoreline. There is a length of very degraded boulder walling attached to the NE corner of the building, which runs towards the burn. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 4387 7494 (19m by 11m) (5 map features)
Map sheet NG47SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KILMUIR

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