MHG60418 - Hut circle - Slaggan Track (1)


A hut circle beside the Slaggan Track, Rubha ban.

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 beside the Slaggan Track, Rubha bahn.

186507 894114 AEMC003 Slaggan Track 1: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, J Buchanan and A MacInnes in 2011 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure is in fair condition. It sits close to and above the Slaggan track. It is one of a group of two pairs of hut circles clustered around the track, all with panoramic views inland. The platform is entirely grass covered and it stands out in a landscape covered mainly with heather. Wall facings and the ring bank are clarly visible. The HC is within an enclosure and there are field boundaries and clearance cairns in the vicinity. It lies 30m from a stream and 500m from fresh water Loch an Fheoir. The HC sits on a platform built out from a moderate south facing slope. A shieling abutts the HC wall on the SE. The NW section of the wall has been removed and appears to have been rebuilt slightly nearer to the centre of the circle, including an orthostat in the tumble of stones (see sketch). The outer south section of the wall has collapsed down the banking. An orthostat stands on the outer N side of the entrance. A possible field wall abutts the SW arc of the HC. The average inner diameter of AEMC003 is 8.05m, outer diameter is 10.8m. The double skinned wall is 1.2m thick with maximum height 0.5m. A definite entrance faces east with external width 1.2m, internal width 1.3m and passage length 1.6m. A nearby possible hut circle site at NG86346 94129 has been truncated by the track and only a few stones indicate its presence. AEMC003 is at a distance of 30m from AEMC004 (see MHG60420), 100m from both AEMC005 (see MHG60423) and AEMC006 (see MHG60424). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 based on 2009 vertical APs <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8650 9412 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG89SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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