MHG60410 - Hut circle - Inveran (2)


A hut circle at Inveran.

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 Inveran.

186576 879551 AEMC019 Inveran 2: The hut circle was visited by A MacInnes in 2011 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 lies dug into and built out from a very gentle South facing slope in a fairly flat heather moorland. The site has no shelter and is exposed to winds. Three courses of stones are visible on the N inner wall. In the centre of the HC are moss covered stones and a mound, possibly of later origin. The vegetation inside the structure is totally different to that of the surroundings, being mostly thick bracken with a little grass and moss covered stones. Three clearance cairns of roughly 8m diameter are visible at a distance of around 200m from the HC. The site is 100m from both the river mouth to the north and a freshwater loch. Woodland lies downslope from the HC, by the river and the approach to Loch Maree (see photograph). Views from the site are panoramic inland. The average inner diameter is 8.45m and external diameter is 12.2m. The wall is double skinned with thickness 1.3m and maximum height 0.7m. A definite entrance faces southeast with external width 3.5m, internal width 0.8m and passage length 3.2m. The entrance terminals are therefore extended. AEMC019 is distant 1500m from AEMC001 (see MHG60408). Aerial photographs show two possible additional circular structures to the south at 186561 879505 (see MHG60411) and 186521 879504 (see MHG60413). <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>

It is possible that this site is actually that recorded in 1886 as the site of a Pictish house or broch at 'Creagan Bana' (see MHG7708).

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Grid reference Centred NG 8657 7956 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG87NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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