MHG58368 - Shieling - Beinn an Duibh Leathaid


A sheiling hut or very small circular building from Scotland's Rural Past Camuscross project.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A sheiling hut or very small circular building is situated on a raised platform, on a level piece of grassy ground surrounded by a few birch trees. It is situated below the birch wood on the N slope of Beinn An Dubh Leithid (hill of the black slope), with Allt na Beiste (burn of the beast, or otter) at the bottom of the slope. The walls are reduced to very low foundations forming a bowl-like depression with an internal measurement of 2.5m. The location of the doorway is not clear. The walls appear to be turf – no stone is visible and none could be felt by poking with a thin metal spike.
Information from SRP Camuscross, August 2011 <1>

It is not clear whether these are the same structures recorded by Headland Archaeology in 1998 (see MHG28666), or if they are additional; the NW face of Beinn an Duibh Leathaid appears to have formed an extensive shieling ground in the past.

The structure does not appear on the 1st or 2nd edition OS maps.

Sources/Archives (1)



Grid reference Centred NG 6874 1147 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG61SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SLEAT

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