MHG57214 - Hut circle - Sgurr Onrachdain F (Hinnesdal Bridge 5)


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Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NG35NE 16 391 565.

(NG 3919 5657) Hut Circles (NR) (3 shown)
OS 6"map, (1968)

Centred at NG 391 565 is a settlement of seven stone- walled huts (A to G). Three of the huts 'A, 'B' and 'C' were found and described by OS (A C) 6 May 1961.
Huts 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' and 'G' are circular and the measurements of these huts are given between wall centres.
'F' is overlaid in the NE by a recent enclosure wall. The inner wall face is evident round most of the surviving part giving an internal measurement of 9.3m NW to SE. The outer wall face is visible intermittently indicating a wall thickness of 1.3m in the SE, 2.0m in the NW at the entrance in the SW. The NW side of the splayed entrance remains intact marked by four set stones, one projecting 0.8m above ground level, giving a wall thickness here of 2.2m. The SE side of the entrance and c. 5.0m of the S arc of the hut are destroyed. There are no definite traces of contemporary cultivation the surrounding area being occupied by cultivation associated with depopulated steadings.
Visited by OS (R L) 21 September 1971.

For main A see MHG3164
For add A see MHG57209
For B see MHG57210
For C see MHG57211
For D see MHG57212
For E see MHG57213
For G see MHG57215

139110 856492 Hinnesdal Bridge 5 (Sgurr Onrachdain) EB205: The hut circle F was visited by A Welti and B Blackburn in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. HER has a good detailed description of 7 HCs as they were in 1971. This survey found 9 and they are here recorded separately. This cluster of HCs are sited in flat sometimes boggy terrain with areas highly grazed. The landscape forms a large flat 'bowl' surrounded by low cliffs. This HC platform has slumped down slope. Shape left is horseshoe like as part of S wall is missing. Entrance might have an extended terminal as there is a large boulder adjoining entrance passage but so much stone has been robbed that it is hard to say. Average internal diameter is 8.85m, external diameter is 12.7m. Double skinned wall is 2m thick with max height 0.7m. Probable entrance is to SW, width unmeasurable, passage length 2.3m. The structure adjoins a turf bank/dyke wall. In the cluster EB201 (see MHG57213) and 202 (see MHG57212) are 20m apart. EB203 (see MHG3164) and 204 (see MHG57209) are adjoining. EB208 (see MHG57211) and 209 (MHG57216) are 25m apart, EB208 and 206 (see MHG57210) are 5m apart, EB205 is slightly further from the rest of the cluster. A broch is sited around 500m to N of the cluster. <1> <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 3910 5650 (15m by 15m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG35NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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