MHG56850 - Ruined farmstead, Am Mam - Loch Mullardoch


Am Mam, a ruined farmstead on the northern shore of the dammed Loch Mullardoch.

Type and Period (1)

  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A ruined farmstead on the northern shore of the dammed Loch Mullardoch.

The site was visited, recorded and photographed by R Spencer-Jones of NoSAS on 6th and 7th May 2014. On a south facing slope, about the middle of the northern shore of the dammed Loch Mullardoch, are two buildings that constitute the remains of the farmstead of Am Mam. Local sources suggest this was inhabited until the 1970’s, ie after the Loch was created from the previous Lochs Mullardoch and Lungard by damming the Cannich River in the 1950’s. The remains of the farmstead comprise two buildings, both facing south approx 20 metres above the loch water level. The larger eastern building has extant ruined walls, 4m x 7.5m, the western wall reaching 3m and providing evidence of what would have been an upper storey in the roof. There is a chimney in this wall, suggesting this was the main living house. There is a doorway in the middle of the ruined south wall, and two windows placed either side of the doorway. The smaller western building has extant ruined walls, 4m x 4m, highest in the south and west. This outbuilding is separated from the main building by a 1.5m passageway, from which a doorway opens. <1>

Several circular stone-built structures were identified on land exposed by low water at the top west end of Glen Cannich by Glenn Wilks, a walker, on the 29th June 2021. Following notification to Historic Environment Scotland, four members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society and Mr Wilks visited this area on 27th July 2021. Their aim was to survey these structures and to obtain material for carbon dating before the waters of the loch rose again. Other structures in the area were surveyed and also on a followup visit.

Am Mam, a shepherd’s house. <2>
(Note; the description is as was recorded in 2014.)

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Grid reference Centred NH 1257 3035 (35m by 22m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH13SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KINTAIL

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