MHG57855 - Shieling hut, Allt an t’Sear Bhig

Summary

Shieling hut, Allt an t’Sear Bhig

Type and Period (2)

  • SHIELING HUT? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Allt an t’Sear Bhig
These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn. This a rocky section of uninhabited coast line with few archaeological sites recorded but it includes the well preserved loch-side sheiling site identified as Camas na Sgroggan, or Camasnacrogan – NOSAS were not certain of the spelling. It appears in the latter form on Thomson’s map of 1830, but not on any later maps. It has sheiling huts, a dairy, and enclosures. It is in a very exposed spot and would not have been a good place to winter at, but whether or not it was ever occupied year round is impossible to tell. There are a few other isolated sizeable single buildings on this section of shore, either sheilings or maybe associated with fishing.

Site 708. The remains of a building, possibly a family sized sheiling hut, c 5m E/W x 2.2m internally. The remains are low stone and small boulder footings, with round gable ends (no corners). There is considerable tumble inside and out. Entrance on the N side mid-way facing the loch. The building lies c 9m S of the Lochournhead to Barrisdale path, and it is near to a naturally clear but stony beach. There are no other associated structures and there is no cultivable ground for miles around. The hut site is out of direct view of the shore and any boat pulled up, casting doubt that it might have been a fishing bothy. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 APs <2>


<1> Wombell, J., 2004, A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS, p.25,26 Site 708 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25084.


<2> Get Mapping, 1999-2001, Get Mapping colour vertical aerial photography 1999-2001 (The Millennium Map) (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical). SHG27491.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 8980 0648 (6m by 6m)
Map sheet NG80NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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