MHG60598 - Hut circle - Creag Mhor (B)


A hut circle at Creag Mhor.

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 Creag Mhor. Originally recorded as Hut Circle 'B' by the OS. See MHG7766 for 'A'.

Some 200 m to N of Creag Mhor, between 100 ft and 200 ft contours, on steep side of hill sloping down to "Gruinard Bay", there are the remains of two hut circles.
"A" (NG 9608 9284) measures 7.6m internal diameter, with walls 2.0m wide and 0.5m high having its entrance in SE. A feature of this hut circle is that it has been built on a natural grassy plateau and supported by natural rock along the NW periphery.
Hut circle "B" (NG 9615 9279) is in a much better condition than "A", and measures 7.6m internal diameter with walls 3.0m thick and 1.0m high, composed of large base stones with smaller stone infilling between the inner and outer walls. The entrance, 1.6m wide, is in the NW.
Surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (R B) 7 April 1965;
Visible on RAF AP CPE/Scot/UK 321: 4086-7

These two hut circle were visited during a walkover survey by C Dagg in 2008 in advance of a proposed OHL replacement scheme between Aultbea and Dundonnell. It was considered that they lay some distance to the north of the line of the new OHL and would not be affected. It was also noted that there were some traces of wall on this north-facing slope but no features potentially related to prehistoric cultivation were noted between the two hut circles and a further hut circle to the south-east (see MHG49729). The ground was overgrown with heather and such features may have been obscured. <1>

196168 892795 Creag Mhor 2 CB900: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, A MacInnes and C Boyd in 2010 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 HC is one of a cluster of three circular stone structures situated on a fairly steep northwest facing slope above Gruinard Bay and with a panoramic view out over the sea to the southern tip of Gruinard Island. The terrain is sloping and rocky. Vegetation is mainly heather with some grass. CB900 is in fair condition. Inside the structure bracken predominates with some moss and grass. There are remains of old field walls in the vicinity. A field boundary is visible running downhill for about 70m from CB900. The site is at a distance of 20m from a stream, 200m from the sea at Gruinard Bay and 1000m from the river Allt Mhungasdail. The HC platform is dug into and built out from the slope. Some substantial wall facings are visible as is the ring bank and a deep wide embankment. Three courses of stone are visible at the inner wall face to the north of the entrance. The double skinned wall has average inner diameter 7.2m, outer diameter is 12.45m. There are some large boulders to the north of the NW facing entrance. These seem to form an outshot or extended entrance terminal. The entrance width is 2m both externally and internally with passage length 4m. CB900 is at distance of 70m from CB101 (see MHG7766) and 100m from SM900 (see MHG49729). <2> <3>

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GIS spatial data amended in 2019 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 9616 9280 (22m by 22m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG99SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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