MHG57319 - Hut Circle - Loch Vatachan (Loch Vatachan Badentarbat 8)


A hut circle at Badentarbat near Loch Vatachan.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

One of a number of hut circles at Badentarbat near Loch Vatachan. Originally recorded by RCAHMS in 1994 as ACHIL94 452.

There are four hut-circles terraced into the bracken- and heather-covered hillside above the W shore of Loch Vatachan. They are situated between the 45m and 70m contours, disposed in a rough arc about 450m long. The northernmost hut (ACHIL94 452) stands on the N bank of the Allt Braigh an' t Stratha at NC 0103 1116. It measures 9.3m ESE-WNW by 7.3m within a faced bank 0.5m high and spread to a thickness of 1.6m. Some inner facing-stones survive, particularly on the uphill side. The second hut is stands on slightly lower ground about 300m to the SSE of the first (ACHIL94 448, NC 0108 1088). The wall does not survive on the SE (downhill) side but it appears to have measured about 10.5m in diameter over a bank now spread to 1.5m in thickness. Inner facing-stones survive on the NW, where the hut has been set into the slope. There is a much smaller hut-circle about 30m to SW of the second hut (ACHIL94 447; NC 0106 1085), measuring only 4.8m in diameter within a bank 0.6m high which has spread to 1.2m in thickness. Again, occasional facings survive on the uphill (NW) side. The final hut-circle, another 150m to the SW at NC 0094 1078 (ACHIL94 419) is oval on plan, measuring 9.2m N-S by 7.9m transversely between crests of a stony bank with an entrance on the SE side. On the slopes between these hut-circles, particularly around the northernmost one (ACHIL94 452), there are disjointed fragments of bank and a dozen small cairns, which may be the last vestiges of a field-system comparable to that around the hut-circles a short distance to the N, described under NC01SW 24. (ACHIL94 419, 447-8, 452)
Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 10 August 1994

201042 911152 Loch Vatachan Badentarbat 8 CMM213 (ACHALL94/452): The hut circle was visited by A Welti and K Clarke in 2009 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure is in poor condition. It was classified by RCAHMS in 1994 as one of a group of four HCs terraced into the east facing slopes above Loch Vatachan. These are part of a cluster of HCs sited along similar linear contours over a distance of nearly 2000m north of Badentarbat. (See also MHG24525). Associated field systems, clearance cairns and lazy beds are present in the landscape but are hard to distinguish in 2010 due to vegetation growth, mainly heather and grass. Field boundaries of heather covered turf and stone meander around the area. Within these walls are areas of bracken, and later lazy beds to N. The HC is on the N bank of a burn, Allt Braigh an't Stratha, and is very overgrown with heather and bracken. The HC shape is slightly oval. Inner diameters are 7.9m N/S and 8.8m E/W. Outer diameters are 10m N/S and 11.5m E/W. The double skinned wall is 1.7m thick with maximum height 1.4m. Some inner and outer facing stones are visible. One of these is an interesting conglomerate boulder studded with quartz pebbles. It is situated directly to the S of a possible extended southern entrance terminal (see sketch and photos). Other large stones form the outer face of this terminal. The entrance faces east, with width 1.7m and passage length 2m. CMM213 may be associated with CMM210 (see MHG26622) distant 300m, CMM211 (see MHG57317) distant 200m, and CMM212 (see MHG57318) distant 200m, as well as with other HCs in the linear clusters north of Badentarbat. <1> <2>

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NGR adjusted to position as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 0104 1116 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC01SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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