MHG60261 - Hut circle - Gruinard Bay (Second Coast 1)


A hut circle near Second Coast on Gruinard Bay.

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 near Second Coast on Gruinard Bay.

192558 890201 JAN016 Second Coast 1: The site was visited by A MacInnes in 2014 as part of research for a dissertation by A Welti on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure ls in good condition and lies on a gentle east facing slope at the base of a fairly steep ridge. The surrounding vegetation both inside and outside the structure is predominately heather. It is 500 m from a stream and 800m from both fresh water Loch Moine Sheilg and from the sea at Gruinard Bay. Views from the site are panoramic both inland and out to sea. It seems to be a well made HC. The platform is dug into and built out from the slope. Inner diameter averages 5.85m, outer diameter is 8.6m. The double skinned wall is 1.5m thick with maximum height 0.6m. A probable entrance faces East and the passage has internal width 1m and external width 1.4m. Passage length is 1.5m. Wall facings and the ring bank are visible. The structure is submerged by heather. JAN016 is at a distance of 150m from JAN017 (see MHG60263) and 550m from JAN018 (see MHG6026). <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 as per location as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 9255 9021 (13m by 13m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG99SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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