MHG59776 - Buildings, Doire na Drise, Rhu


Ruined buildings at Doire na Drise, Rhu

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Twelve unroofed buildings which are labelled as Old Shielings are depicted on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1973). Twelve unroofed buildings are shown, though not at the same locations, on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876, sheet cxxxiv).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 19 August 1996

Doire na Drise is a large, once permanent settlement and was surveyed in 2013 by Rough Bounds Archaeology et al. As with Tòrr a Bheithe, it is marked on the modern Ordnance Survey map 1:25000 as old shielings. Nine ruins which are probably dwellings were recorded, most having extant walling between 0.75ms and 1.5m high. Seven of the buildings along with a couple of smaller ruins are possibly byres or storage buildings and are clustered together giving the settlement the air of being a township.

Site 31. A series of four ruins, three in a line and one more tumbled and ruinous on the west side of the central building;

Building A: Starting at the northern end the first building was 6 x 4 mtrs long side facing south with the entrance to the south c. 75 cms wide and walls to ½ metre.

Building B: Built with short side to the first building with a narrow gap between them the second building was c. 6 x 9 long side facing east with an entrance on the east side c.75 cms. Built with two compartments the entrance into the northern most side and a way into the south side internally next to the western wall.

Building C: The third ruin a few metres to the south in a line with the second building was c.12 x 6 mtrs with the entrance (75 cms) also on the long side facing east. Evidence of an internal dividing wall.

Building D: The fourth building c.3 x 5 mtrs with long side parallel with the second building - very tumbled walls only to ½ mtr with only a substantial section of wall extant to 1 ½ metres on the south side of the western entrance. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 aerial photographs. <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Note. Photograph copyright Highland Council (T.Blackie 6/3/19)

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Grid reference Centred NM 6280 8337 (18m by 28m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM68SW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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