MHG59900 - Hut circle - Dundonnell


A hut circle at Dundonnell.

Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Dundonnell.

212998 885307 DC001 Dundonnel 7 Croftown track: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, D Curtis and C Dagg in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This is one of a group of circular stone structures at a high elevation on the slopes of Meall an Dubhe and situated near to the 'Croftown track' leading from near to Dundonnell House, over steep terrain to Achlunachan and Clachan. Only the platform is visible. The elevation of DC001 is 276m. It is in poor condition, is 10m from a stream and is 500m from the Dundonnell River which flows along the base of the steeply sloping sides of the valley below. The sea loch Little Loch Broom is 6km downstream. The river is wide and may have been partly navigable. From the site there are panoramic views inland. Surrounding vegetation is heather and grass in equal proportions. Inside the structure vegetation consists mostly of bracken with some grass and moss. The circular platform is dug into a moderately steep S facing slope. A few stones are visible but moss cover obscures them. The platform is sited south of the track and beside a stream. The outer diameter averages 7.3m. No other measurements were possible. A shieling is sited on a break of slope north of the track. DC001 is 300m from DC002 (see MHG59899) and 800m from DC003 (see MHG59897). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 according to location as shown on 2009 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 1299 8531 (14m by 14m)
Map sheet NH18NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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