MHG57930 - Nausts, mooring point and storage area, Skiary

Summary

Nausts, mooring point and storage area, Skiary

Type and Period (3)

  • NAUST (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • MOORING STAGE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • STORAGE DEPOT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Skiary
These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn. This a substantial crofting settlement as seen today, on the exposed outwash fan of a river, the Allt Coire Mhicrail, where most of the numerous houses and other buildings have long since been deserted. Skiary remains a home today with one occupied dwelling house and ancillary buildings. Some 85 sites were identified and recorded here.

The shoreline structures are particularly numerous and complex, reflecting the importance of Skiary during the hay-days of the herring fishing period and warrant a more detailed survey at some time. The river at Skiary is very destructive when in spate and it breaks out of its main channel spreading rock and stone debris over a wide area. It has taken away several bridges and buildings in the past and there have been numerous attempts to contain it. The land today is divided up into small fields, plots and enclosures with dozens of clearance cairns everywhere. There is very little evidence of lazy bed cultivation and it is presumed that any lazy beds on the lower ground have long since been levelled out by later plot working. Several such plots are well defined by shallow ditches.

The shore line at Skiary shows signs of much development, evidence of the fact that it was an important port and victualling station for the herring buses of the 18th and early 19th centuries, and due to their complexity would warrant a plane-table survey. (Note; NOSAS undertook this survey of Skiary waterfront in 2006 - see p. 39)

Site 456. A boat naust set between natural rock formations, enhanced at the landward end by blasting. A large boulder has detached from the cliff above and now blocks the naust.

Site 457. A running mooring point at a rocky inlet. Still in use.

Site 459. An enhanced storage area above the boat nausts, (sites 460 and 461), c 5.0m x 3.0m. Natural rock boundaries to N and S, with dyking to the W (site 458).

Site 460. Boat naust c 8.7 x 3.5m, with a depth of 1.3m. Turf and stone construction. Still in use today.

Site 461. Boat naust, c 7m x 2.3m, 0.6m deep, turf and stone construction. <1>

1st Edition OS 6" <2>

A report on the 2006 Archaeological Survey of Loch Hourn <3>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 Aps <4>


<1> Wombell, J., 2004, A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS, p.37 Sites 456,457,459-461 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25084.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1873-6, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map: Inverness-shire (Image/Map). SHG23755.


<3> Wombell, J, 03/2007, A Report on the 2006 Archaeological Survey of Loch Hourn, Inverness-shire, p.39 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25085.


<4> Get Mapping, 1999-2001, Get Mapping colour vertical aerial photography 1999-2001 (The Millennium Map) (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical). SHG27491.

Sources/Archives (4)

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 9303 0723 (31m by 16m)
Map sheet NG90NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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