MHG58567 - Head dyke, Slisneach


Head dyke, Slisneach

Type and Period (1)

  • HEAD DYKE? (Post Medieval - 1560 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 1060. A substantial stone and turf dyke of c.500m length which ascends from the col at the above GR in a SE direction and curves over a grassy shoulder descending along the course of a small burn towards the main settlement of Slisneach. Parts of it are shown on the current OS map and it was probably the Slisneach head dyke..

Site 1061. What may be the continuation of the Slisneach head dyke (Site 1060), lies to the NW of a prominent knoll. It is a substantial turf and stone bank, which runs in a straight line on a NW-SE alignment. <1>

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

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Grid reference Centred NG 7934 0904 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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