MHG58641 - Byre Dwelling - Back Settlement


A byre dwelling was recorded during the Scotland's Rural Past Project.

Type and Period (1)

  • LONGHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey of Cuil, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, Lochaber, was carried out in 2010 by N Malcolm for RCAHMS' 'Scotland's Rural Past Project'. This building was shown on the 1st and 2nd edition OS maps as roofed. It consisted of a dwelling area, a byre area and a series of three outshots. On the north-east side in front of the doorway to the dwelling area there may have been a porch. The way the stones lie here looked too regular to be just the way they had tumbled. There was no apparant entrance to the byre. It was of drystone construction with an inner and outer layer of stone and rubble infill. The corners were rounded. The walls were up to a metre high. Inland and uphill from here was a kailyard surrounded by turf dykes 0.6m to 0.8m wide and 0.7m high, measuring about 15m by 28m. Longitudinally across the midddle was another turf dyke. To the south-west of the building was another enclosure this time surrounded on three sides by drystone dykes and on the fourth seaward side a small natural cliff. In this are two large coppiced hazel stools. <1> <2>

See link below to HES Canmore record for site plan and photo.

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NM 9758 5680 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM95NE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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