MHG58210 - Shieling - Glen Dharach


Shielings and other structures identified during the National Trust for Scotland's 1998 DBA and walkover survey.

Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible shieling was identified from the National Trust for Scotland's DBA and survey of their Inverewe Estate in 1998.
(INVG007) Set around a small burn at the change of slope between the flat lands around Loch nan Dailthean and the hill of Carn an Eich Dheirg/Glac Dharach are the remains of a small shieling site.
It consists of at least 2 small rectangular structures revealed as stones showing through the grass/turf. Both are c4.6m by c2.7m across 'walls' c0.4m wide and c0.2m high. That to the E is aligned ENE-SWS, whilst that to the W is aligned NE-SW and appears to have been shortened at some period to only 3.6m length. Immediately to the N and E are 3 grass covered very slight rectangular structures, presumably completely turf built, the largest of which is at most c4.4m long and c2.5m wide.
There are also 4 drystone pens/stores in the immediate vicinity. The largest is set against a rock face by the burn, measuring c2m by c1m over poorly constructed walls c0.4m wide and c0.8m high. The other 3 are roughly circular structures of largish bouders up to c1.5m in diameter with walls c0.4m wide and up to c0.7m high.
The site was identified to be majorly at threat from cattle trampling and bracken. Inlight of this, due to shieling structures being fragile sites, it was recommended that cattle be kept off the site, a programme of bracken management introduced and the site photographed every year in the spring. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8763 8242 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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