MHG58592 - Enclosure, rock shelter, cave, pen, Slisneach


Enclosure, rock shelter, cave, pen, Slisneach

Type and Period (4)

  • ROCK SHELTER (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CAVE (Unknown date)
  • 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 1087. A square enclosure, c.23m wide N-S x 23m E-W. The 2 walls forming the enclosure begin at the foot of the cliff and run down sloping ground to the track between Inverguseran and Slisneach. The walls are partly formed of massive boulders and partly from neat, double faced walling. There is a tiny, but dry, rock shelter at the foot of cliff at the top (SE) corner of the enclosure. A second larger, but narrow, cave 5m deep (main part) x 1.5 wide and c.2m high, lies slightly further along the foot of the cliff, in the NE corner of the enclosure. There is talus, c.2m deep at the entrance of this cave. This enclosure may have been the Slisneach bull pen. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2010 AP’s <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NG 7468 0851 (28m by 30m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NW
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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