MHG60325 - Hut circle - near Gairloch (Glebe 3)


A hut circle near Gairloch.

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 Gairloch.

180094 877819 JAN035 Glebe 3: The hut circle was visited by A MacInnes in 2014 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure is in poor condition. The platform is dug into and built out from a moderate slope. It is adjacent to an enclosure and there are field boundaries and clearance cairns in the vicinity. The centre of the HC hs been used as a boulder dump with later pens constructed so that exact HC measurements were difficult to take. Surrounding vegetation is a mixture of heather and grass. The interior of the HC is covered wth heather and bracken with some grass. The site is distant 400m from a river, 400m from a fresh-water loch and 1000m from Loch Gairloch. It has panoramic views over the sea. The inner diameter of the HC averages 8.0m, the outer diameter is 11.0m. The double skinned wall is 1.5m thick with maximum height 0.6m. No definite entrance was identified although the sketch shows a possible entrance facing South. JAN035 is at adistance of 100m from both JAN034 (see MHG60323) and JAN033 (see MHG60322). <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 based on 2009 vertical APs <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8008 7783 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG87NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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