MHG57247 - Hut circle - Pollantobair, Assynt


A hut circle at Pollantobair, Assynt, Sutherland.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Pollantobair, Assynt, Sutherland. It was found by G Sleight in March 2017. <1>

The hut circle has been included in a database set up as part of research by A Welti into round houses on the northwest coast (including parts of Wester Ross, Skye and Sutherland) originally for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. The database has subsequently been expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details.

207379 927115 Pollantobair 1 GS500: This circular stone structure is sited in an exposed position among rocky outcrops and the midst of a small 19th/20th century settlement. The site lies in a sheltered bowl shaped valley with springs and burns all around. In the centre of the valley the area of settlement is sited on a low rocky hillock largely surrounded by peat. Views are widest to the west towards Clachtoll and the sea. There are many clearance cairns in the surrounding area of approximately 200m square. The platform is in good condition: It is partially revetted. Most of the walling has been robbed but some wall facings were visible. A track seems to skirt the structure on the N and NW side, possibly leading to the entrance, see sketch. Average internal diameter is 10.7m, external diameter is 12.10m. The double skinned wall is 1.65m thick with maximum height 0.5m. The entrance was possibly either in the southwest or west. This hut circle may be associated with GS501 (see MHG57248) at a distance of 65m. <2> <3>

Note: NGR adjusted to position as seen on 2009 vertical APs [IS-L 29/03/2017].

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Grid reference Centred NC 0737 2713 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC02NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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