MHG60275 - Hut circle - Tournaig (B)


A hut circle at Tournaig.

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 Tournaig.

187995 884579 JAN027: 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 is one of a group of 4 circular stone structures north of Tournaig Farm and above and east of the main road. The platform sits on a moderate west facing slope. The HC is in fair condition; banking and stone facings are visible. There are panoramic views drom the site, including sea loch, Loch Tournaig. Tournaig Dun (see MHG7570) and AMC208 (see MHG7757) re visible from JAN027. The surrounding landscape cover is a mixture of heather and grass, on site vegetation is mainly bracken with some grass. The average inner diameter of the structure is 7.2m, outer diameter is 10.2m. The double skinned wall is 1.8m thick with maximum height 0.8m. There is a definite entrance facing SE with external width 0.7m, internal width 0.8m and passage length 1m. The southern terminal is extended, perhaps to protect from prevailing winds (see sketch). On the West sector is a large upright orthostat. There is a small stone structure at the centre of JAN027, probably a later pen. JAN027 is 600m from JAN022 (see MHG60724) and 300m from JAN028 (see MHG49731) and JAN029 (see MHG49732). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 as per location as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8799 8458 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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