MHG59631 - Building, Torr a' Bheithe, Rhu

Summary

Ruined building at Torr a' Bheithe, Rhu

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Eight unroofed buildings which are labelled as Old Shielings are depicted on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1973). Six unroofed buildings and an incomplete enclosure are shown on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876, sheet cxxxiv).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 19 August 1996

The OS map shows a series of features to the east of Tòrr a’Bheithe which are described as 'Old shielings'. These are not shielings but permanent structures both of drystone and possibly of turf and stone construction. They were not examined in detail. <1>

Tòrr a’Bheithe is a settlement of nine sub-rectangular ruins with at least some walling and another similar eight features with only signs of footings. Marked as old shielings on the modern OS maps, this was once, however, a permanent settlement with remains of several enclosure walls and a possible corn kiln. It was surveyed in 2013 by Rough Bounds Archaeology et al.

Site 13. A substantial ruin with two compartments. The main part of the building is well built on the west side and with a large square stone set on the NE side to the right of the entrance typical of the type used to sit outside to work. The second compartment may just be walls to shelter the area opposite the entrance or a later addition which was once roofed. The entrance itself unusually narrow barely half a metre wide. (Normal entrance width for dwellings 75 cms). <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 aerial photographs. <3>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NM 6456 8400 (10m by 8m)
Map sheet NM68SW
Civil Parish ARISAIG AND MOIDART
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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