MHG579242 - Bridge abutments, revetment, Skiary

Summary

Bridge abutments, revetment, Skiary

Type and Period (2)

  • BRIDGE ABUTMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • REVETMENT (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 424. The fragmentary remains of a probable bridge abutment on the E side only of the Allt Coire Mhicrail, no evidence of any similar abutment on the opposite bank.

Site 425. A bridge abutment on the E side of the Allt Coire Mhicrail, standing to c 1m in ht. There is no clear evidence of an abutment on the W side of the river.

Site 426. Approximately 4m to the N of the E side of the bridge abutment site no 425, is a revetment against the E side of the Allt Coire Mhicrail. Although it is backed by a packing of stone it is unlikely to have been a bridge abutment. The collapse of a house further downstream suggests that it was built to prevent further erosion of the river bank. <1>

1st Edition OS 6" <2>

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

Note; Site not visible on APs so location approximate. (T Blackie 28/5/18)


<1> Wombell, J., 2004, A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS, p.33 Sites 424-426 (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.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 9274 0715 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet NG90NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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