MHG58732 - Sheep Park - Holm, Skye


A large enclosure with a sheepfold.

Type and Period (2)

  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD)
  • SHEEP FOLD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This site was visited by the Scotland's Rural Past Storr Lochs Project in 2011. It was a large sheep park lying on a coastal terrace below a steep E facing slope, c600m SW of Holm Island. It sits at an altitude of 0-25m and the vegetation within it is rough grazing, grass and rushes. An un-named stream runs through it in an E direction and faint traces of old lazy beds, which appear to run under the park wall, are visible in the SE corner.
The park is enclosed by a substantial turf-topped dry-stone wall and there is a sheepfold in the SW corner (NG 51835 51013). The sheepfold comprises a small dry-stone walled pen, which measures 5m x 9m and stands up to 1.5m high, with two larger pens constructed from wooden batons and corrugated iron sheeting extending to its E. Immediately N of the sheepfold are the grass-covered earth and rubble foundations of two or three earlier buildings or enclosures, which are aligned E-W (NG 51838 51030).
A small corrugated iron building is built against the W wall of the park, mid-way along its length, slightly N of the stream.
The First Edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (Inverness-shire, Island of Skye 1878, sheet xviii) shows two small enclosures, or two buildings, in the SW corner of the park, in approximately the same position as the sheepfold just described. It also shows a footpath running from the shepherd’s house at Armishader (MHG58656), c1.7km to the SW, to a point in the NW wall of the park. See link below to HES Canmore record for dimensioned sketch and photographs. <1>

GIS spatial data created 2018 based on OS Master Map. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 5187 5110 (147m by 195m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NG55SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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