MHG57347 - Hut circle - Achiltibuie 'C'


A hut circle near Achiltibuie.

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 near Achiltibuie ('C' in the original OS survey).

NC00NW 16 031 085
In the area centred on NC 031 085 is a settlement of 4 hut circles ('A'-'D').
'A' measures 8.0m in diameter between the centres of a wall just protruding through the peat, with an ill- defined entrance in the ESE.
'B' measures 9.0m in diameter between the centres of a wall, almost obliterated by peat in the S, and visible as a band of rubble elsewhere. A slight gap in the E may be the entrance.
'C', almost obscured by peat, measures 8.5m in diameter between wall centres. Entrance not evident.
'D' is a level platform circa 11.5m in diameter which is probably a totally overgrown hut circle.
Except to the S and SW of 'B' where there are a few stone clearance heaps and traces of ruinous walls, there is no evidence of contemporary cultivation.
Visited by OS (J M) 16 July 1974.

In the rough ground surrounding a post-medieval enclosure on the ridge, which is known as Bad a' Chotair, there are nine hut-circles which have previously been described under NC00NW 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Four measure about 12m in internal diameter, one is 9.2m, and the remaining four are about 7.5m; all are surrounded by banks up to 1.5m in breadth and, where visible, the entrances lie on the S or SE. Two (ACHIL94 362, 378) have baffle walls at the entrance. What may have been other hut-circles, identified by the OS (NC00NW 16 B and D), were not located on the date of visit whilst a third (NC00NW 14 B) is no more than a small enclosure. Juxtaposed, but not necessarily associated, with the hut-circles, there are numerous stretches of stony field banks and small cairns. The banks occasionally form enclosures or fields but are often little more than linear clearance heaps. The banks to the N of Bad a' Chotair were previously described under NC00NW 21.

ACHIL94 383, NC 0305 0866 (formerly NC00NW 16C)
ACHIL94 384, NC 0312 0849 (formerly NC00NW 16A)
16B and 16D not located
Visited by RCAHMS (JBS) 9 August 1994

As described above, RCAHMS has now merged a number of individual records. All the old Sites and Monuments Record cards can be viewed from this current record. <1>

The decision to replicate what was carried out by the former RCAHMS has been revoked. All previously merged records have been re-instated. <2>

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

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Grid reference Centred NC 0305 0866 (22m by 22m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC00NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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