MHG58574 - Building, pen, Slisneach


Buildings(2), pen, Slisneach

Type and Period (2)

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PEN? (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 1067. The remains of a building, aligned NW-SE and visible as tumbled, turf covered footings. Though the NE wall is completely wasted, elsewhere the double faced walls are 1m wide and 0.25m high, with a ditch 0.75 wide on the long SW side. It appears to be overlain on the NW side by Building 1068. The building measures c.4m wide overall.

Site 1068. A rectangular building, measuring 3m x 7m internally, with rounded corners externally and a single entrance towards the W end of the NE wall. The walls stand up to 1.5m height, suggesting that it post-dates Site 1067. Cruck slots are visible and there is a low buttress against the external face of the NW wall. There is an outshot - probably a lambing pen - against the outside of its SE wall, in the NE corner of Site 1067. This measures c.3m NE-SW by 2m NW-SE overall. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2010 AP’s <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NG 7505 0872 (8m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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