MHG60415 - Hut circle - Kernsary (2)


A hut circle at Kernsary.

Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Kernsary.

189347 878760 AEMC018 Kernsary 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 is in fair condition and lies in the 'bow' of a stream, within and adjacent to an enclosure, on level ground, and below a track which runs N/S through hilly and rocky terrain. Two clearance cairns are situated around 10m from the site. Vegetation in the surrounding area is a mixture of heather, bracken and grass, and inside the structure it is bracken and grass with no heather. The enclosure which surrounds the structure is covered with bracken and grass. There is too much tumble around the hut circle to enable accurate measurements. There is no apparent platform but the ring bank and wall facings are visible. The site is 30m from a stream and 200m from Allt na Creige which runs into Loch Kernsary at a distance of 800m from the HC. Average inner diameter is 10.2m, outer diameter is 14.4m. The double skinned wall is 1.3m thick with maximum height 0.6m. A probable entrance faces NE. Entrance width is 1.1m externally, 1.0m internally with passage length 2.2m. This measurement may be exaggerated by tumble and probably does not indicate an extended entrance. The extensive tumble all around the srtucture may indicate later reuse of the site. <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 8934 7877 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG87NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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