MHG59903 - Hut circle - Loggie Blarnalearoch (Loggie 1)


A hut circle at Loggie Blarnalearoch.

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 Loggie Blarnalearoch.

214318 890728 SM010 Loggie Blarnalearoch (Loggie 1): The hut circle was visited by A Welti D Curtis and S Mackenzie 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 HC is a single circular stone structure with no other HCs recorded in the vicinity. It is 900m from Dun Lagaidh to the north and Dun an Ruigh Ruadh to the south. It is about 500m from the reputed find spot of a well preserved bronze swan's neck pin dated 7th/6th century BC, now in National Museum of Scotland (see MHG7809). The site is in a currently grazed field, on a moderate east facing slope which continues down to the shores of Loch Broom. Vegetation both in the surroundings and inside the structure consists of grass with some rushes. The underlying geology is glacial drift; the site sits on boulder clay. Views from the site are panoramic inland and to the sea loch. SM010 is 100m from a stream and 700m from the sea loch. The HC platform is dug into and built out from a natural terrace. It has slumped downslope with much tumble visible. The lower eastern arc is well built up. Average inner diameter is 12.85m, outer diameter is 16.0m. The double skinned walls are 1.65m thick with maximum height 1.6m. A definite entrance faces NW with external width 2.4m, internal width 1.5m and passage length 1.6m. Entrance terminals might have been extended as the wall is thicker to the northern edge. There is a fallen orthostat on the south side of the passage and a large boulder on the north side. Inside the structure is a ruined shieling. <1> <2>

[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].

GIS spatial data created in 2019 according to location as shown on 2016 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 1431 9074 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH19SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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