MHG60858 - Hut circle - Bealach Mor 2


A hut circle at Bealach Mor near Inverkirkaig.

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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A hut circle at Bealach Mor near Inverkirkaig.

206419 918942 Bealach Mor 2 BB001: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, G Sleight, B Badger and others in 2015 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. The Loch Rubha na Breige peninsula has many pre-clearance ruins in sites near freshwater lochans and in gently sloping areas which are infested with bracken. Heather is sparse probably due to a fire a few years ago. There are many platforms which could have been bases for roundhouses, but few seem certain. Stone from these was probably used for the many small circular shielings, most of which have diameter around 2.0m. There are some possible burial cairns and some lazy beds. From Bealach Mor there is a sight line to Achnhaird. Possibly the wee dun on the south side of Achnahaird Bay is in sight. This peninsula would have been a delightful area in which to live, with shelter from the prevailing winds, although there are few burns and water supply could have caused problems. BB001 is a sub-circular stone structure and is in poor condition. It sits on a gentle south facing slope which forms Bealach Mor running NE/SW down to the sea. From the site there are panoramic views over the sea. BB001 is at a distance of 400m from a stream and 500m from the sea loch which is part of Ennard Bay. The walling has largely been robbed out in order to build two shielings, one of which consists of large stones and is fairly complete while the other, less complete structure, contains much smaller stones (see sketch). The surrounding landscape is mainly grass with some heather, while inside the structure vegetation is a mixture of grass heather bracken and moss. Only a few stones outline the HC walls. A rough overall diameter averages at 8.3m. No other measurements were possible. BB001 is at a distance of 1m from DKH002 (see MHG) and 250m from MS001 (see MHG60861). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 based on 2016 vertical APs <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 0640 1895 (12m by 12m)
Map sheet NC01NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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