MHG60438 - Probable fishing station - Bail-a-Mhinister, Aird Peninsula, Shieldaig


Probable fishing station, enclosure and landing point at Bail-a-Mhinister, Aird Peninsula, Shieldaig

Type and Period (3)

  • FISHING STATION? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • LANDING POINT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The area known as the Aird Peninsula, Shieldaig was surveyed by Anne McInnes and Terry Doe in 2013. The Aird area has been well populated and worked probably in pre clearance times around the 18th century or even before. The building type is typical of this time. The evidence of ports in every area of settlement shows use of the sea for both access and fishing.


This area situated on a terrace just above the shoreline comprises a row of ruined buildings, probably former fishermen’s houses. There are 7 buildings with a path running in front of them, and a stone wall now partly washed away that would have protected the buildings from the sea. There is a port, and behind the buildings an improved area of ground with some enclosure walls evident. Only one building had a visible fireplace. There is also a burn running down to the buildings which shows signs of having been diverted/dammed. All the buildings are shown as roofed on the 1st OS maps. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred NG 8150 5498 (106m by 108m) (7 map features)
Map sheet NG85SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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