MHG58537 - Shieling huts, Slisneach


Shieling huts (5), Slisneach

Type and Period (2)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2008/9 as part of an archaeological survey of outer Loch Hourn.

Slisneach is an exceptional area, facing both north onto Loch Hourn and west onto the Sound of Sleat, which lies at the mouth of the loch. Whereas the limit of the loch on its north side is rather vague - though generally accepted locally to be Sandaig (Billy Mackenzie, pers. comm.) - there is no mistaking its southern limit at Rubha Ard Slisneach. After Culloden, Slisneach was not forfeited, but Inverguseran, the next farm to the south was. Slisneach was occupied at this time as a wadset, held by a son of Macdonnell of Scotus (Munro 1984). Today, Inverguseran is a thriving sheep farm, of which Slisneach forms a small part.

Site 1022. The sub-circular foundations of a structure measuring 1.5m in diameter. The walling is formed from massive angular, moss covered boulders, which have been set on edge; these stand to a maximum height of 0.6m. It is situated under birch trees, in an area of grass, fern, and oxalis.

Site 1023. The footings of a sub-oval building, apparently open on its E side and with tumble inside the W gable. The footings consist of several massive moss covered boulders, with smaller infill within the walls. The S side stands 2 courses in height and has been built into bank. The W gable also stands to 2 courses in height, as does the NW corner. On the N side, only the foundation course survives.

Site 1024. Large moss covered boulders forming the footings of an almost square structure, measuring 2.75m x 2.75m. It is covered in grass and rushes and lies amidst open birch woodland.

Site 1025. The footings of two oval structures, lying 4m apart. The first measures 3.3m x 1.25m, the second 4m x 1.3m. <1>

Note; Sites not visible on AP’s so location approximate. (T Blackie 22/8/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 7598 0917 (36m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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