MHG58267 - Dyke - Meall an Doire


A dyke was identified in the National Trust for Scotland's DBA and walkover survey 1998.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A dyke was identified in a DBA and walkover survey undertaken by the National Trust for Scotland at their Inverewe Estate in 1998 which was crossed by a number of broad, straight turf dykes which are presumed to be contemporaneous with each other. It seems likely that they date to the late 18th or 19th centuries.
This dyke (INVG020) runs generally SW-NE. In its W part it may originally have run from Camas Glas across the area that is now afforested to the upper slopes of Meall an Doire. At its E end it may originally have run to Lochan an Doire, which has been drained and is now an area of rough grassland and bog over peat. It was considered to be in stable condition with photography recommended once every five years. <1>

A turf dyke is visible on aerial photography taken in 2009. <2>

It is possible that this feature, and other 'dykes' identified by the 1998 Survey by NTS of their Inverewe estate, are not dykes; as they have noted, these dykes are usually broad and straight and likely to be contemporaneous with each other. It is possible that they are the upcast from drainage ditches dug throughout this area. NTS noted in their survey that many lochs had been damed, but were unsure why, with a possible explaination that they were constructed to temporarily control water flow whilst draining land down stream around Loch an Dailthean. These a lot of these 'dykes' have been constructed between lochs, connecting then, and may thus relate to the same activity, or to a similar purpose.
GW 23/07/18

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Grid reference Centred NG 8640 8244 (600m by 372m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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