MHG57797 - Enclosure and clearance cairns, Ambraig, Allt Calg Choire


Enclosure and clearance cairns, Ambraig, Allt Calg Choire

Type and Period (2)

  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Ambraig, Allt Calg Choire

This place name, Allt Calg Choire, was selected to cover most of the lower ground at Barrisdale, west of the Barrisdale River, and it includes the farmstead of Ambraigh and the two farmsteads at Tomnaheilde. These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn.

Comparatively little was identified in this large area at the head of the bay. The tidal saltings cover an area of perhaps 3ha and the rest is very marshy or peaty. However on the west side of the bay close under the steep slope there is a raised area of well drained sandy ground. Roy’s map of 1750 shows a settlement here and some small areas of cultivation remains were noted but the only structure to be found was the more recent sheepfold, possibly built using any stone from the original buildings. 22 sites were identified here in total, and most appear to relate to the later agricultural improvement period. The farmstead at Tomnaheilde ‘East’ i.e. east of the Allt Gleann Unndalain, appears to be more recent than the farmstead west of the burn. None of the higher ground was prospected.

Site: 619. A field enclosure, 160m N/S x 120m, surrounded for the most part by a tumbled stone wall, less distinct to the N and W where it has been replaced by a fence, and at the S end where it has been eroded by the burn. There are clearance cairns in the S part. It is shown on the 1st edition OS map.

Site: 612. Clearance cairns at the S end of the large field enclosure recorded as site 619. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 APs <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

<1> Wombell, J., 2004, A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS, p.17 Sites 612, 619 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25084.

<2> Get Mapping, 2012, Getmapping aerial photography 2012 (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical). SHG27869.

<3> Ordnance Survey, 1873-6, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map: Inverness-shire (Image/Map). SHG23755.

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Grid reference Centred NG 8701 0351 (153m by 219m)
Map sheet NG80SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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