MHG59846 - Enclosure, Western Rhu Peninsula


Enclosure/possible cattle pen at Western Rhu Peninsula

Type and Period (3)

  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CATTLE PEN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CULTIVATION REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

What may be a farmstead comprising one roofed and two unroofed buildings and, approximately 100m to the SW, an enclosure is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876, sheet cxxxiv). Three unroofed buildings are shown at this location on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1973).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 19 August 1996

The north western area of the Rhu peninsula is now part of Rhu Farm, stretching west and north to the coast of the main farmhouse to the point at Rhubh’ Arisaig in the north-west corner. It was surveyed in 2013 by Rough Bounds Archaeology et al.

Site 4/5. A large enclosure marked on the modern OS map with a low wall rough built to 75 cms. The enclosure is c.300 mtrs in circumference with signs of cultivation inside but the enclosure may have once been used as a holding pen for cattle. The southern half of the enclosure has been fenced off in the last 10 years for a regeneration project. Parts of the enclosure wall appear to be just turf built. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2012 aerial photographs. <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred NM 6200 8438 (81m by 95m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM68SW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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