MHG58566 - Shieling hut, shieling mound and dyke, Slisneach


Shieling hut, shieling mound and dyke, Slisneach

Type and Period (3)

  • SHIELING MOUND? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • DYKE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • SHIELING HUT? (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 1057. A rectangular building, lying on a WSW-ENE alignment, at an altitude of 165m on the north side of a small burn. The low turf and stone walls stand to 0.3m in height and are spread to 0.8m in width. The structure measures 3m x 1.5m. It has a possible outshot on the east side, which is recessed into the slope and measures 1.2m square internally.

Site 1058. A low, circular, heather covered mound, 3.5m diameter with a dished centre which is probably the remains of a shieling mound. There is an associated turf dyke, running N-S to 175339E 807932N (across a new digger track). <1>

Note; Site not visible on AP’s so location approximate. (T Blackie 27/8/18)

Sources/Archives (1)



Grid reference Centred NG 7533 0872 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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