MHG57870 - Embankment, Runival


Embankment, Runival

Type and Period (1)

  • EMBANKMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Runival lies on the exposed outwash fan of the Allt Raonabhal, another destructive burn which descends through steep ground that has seen land slip in recent years. The outwash appears to have drifted eastwards somewhat as it juts out into Loch Hourn. Runival was crofted until the 1920’s, which certainly shows in the evidence of previous land management and the buildings. There is a substantial dwelling house still in occupation.

This area was recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn. Some 30 sites were identified many associated with the crofting activity, housing for animals etc. There is no evidence of any lazy bed cultivation, but plenty of evidence of working the land in small plots drained by small open ditches, some of which are still being maintained. There are several sections of cleared beaches, boat nausts and boat pull ups, giving the impression that fishing and boat work was an important element of life here. To what extent people living here got involved in the seasonal herring or other fishing is not clear but it could have been considerable.

Site 584. A grass and moss covered embankment, 36m long, possibly with a stone core. Two lengths at right angles to one another run from house to shoreline, c 20m and 16m in length. Average height 0.5m, average width at base 1m, and top 0.5m. Three mature pine trees grow out of the embankment. It is a possible garden enclosure or field wall. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 APs <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 9099 0673 (26m by 31m)
Map sheet NG90NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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