MHG58187 - Shielings, Ràrsaidh
Shielings (3), Ràrsaidh
Type and Period (1)
- SHIELING HUT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- None recorded
These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2008/9 as part of an archaeological survey of outer Loch Hourn.
Ràrsaidh is a large area with a long and complex history. The present day Ràrsaidh Cottage lies within Rarsaybeg, and it appears as roofed on the OS 1st edition map of 1872. The 1st edition map also shows one roofed building close to the shore on Rarsay, along with several unroofed buildings. Ràrsaidh was apparently cleared in 1849 (English 2000, 287). Roy, in the mid 18th century, shows a small enclosed settlement of 5 buildings at Torr an Aoil, with rig and furrow on both sides of the Ràrsaidh Burn, though nothing where Ràrsaidh Cottage stands today. The 1808 map suggests a park close to the shore within Rarsay shieling, though no buildings are shown, as well as a small park close to the shore at Rarsaybeg with one building.
Site 1500. The upstanding remains of a substantial shieling hut of double faced, drystone construction. It measures 4.5m E-W x 2m N-S internally, over walls standing to 1.2m high. It has round corners externally and has an entrance in the S facing wall.
Site 1501. The low footings of a triangular shaped, stone built shieling hut, measuring 2m x 2m x 2m internally. It is located close to Site 1500.
Site 1502. The low footings of a rectangular, stone built shieling hut, measuring 3m E-W x 1.2m N-S internally. It is located c.30m W of Sites 1500 and 1501. <1>
NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 AP’s <2>
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wombell, J and Hooper, J. 03/2009. A Report on the 2009 Archaeological Survey of Outer Loch Hourn, Inverness-shire. North of Scotland Archaeological Society. Digital. p.75 Sites 1500,1501,1502.
- <2> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 1999-2001. Get Mapping colour vertical aerial photography 1999-2001 (The Millennium Map). XY
|Grid reference||Centred NG 8187 1213 (42m by 19m)|
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