MHG60976 - Hut circle - Kildonan township


A hut circle within the abandoned Kildonan township.

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 within the abandoned Kildonan township.

208112 890855 Kildonan Township1 IB047: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, A MacInnes and I Brandt in 2012 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 truncated hut circle, IB047, appears to have been incorporated into the immediate surroundings of one of the ruined houses in this post medieval township settlement (see MHG59090) which sits on a gentle west facing slope leading down to Little Loch Broom, a sealoch. The structure is about 1000m from a recorded possible dun (NH07900 90300) which we were unable to locate. The northern half of the HC appears as level ground bounded by a circular arc of small boulders, and truncated across the diameter of the circle by a house wall. The southern half appears to be under the walls of, or incorporated in the build of, the original house. The visible stones are mostly small. There is some evidence of a built wall on the eastern arc. Vestiges of the HC ring bank are visible to the north of the structure. The average inner diameter of the structure is 8.3m and the outer diameter is 9.7m. Wall thickness is 1.5m with maximum height 0.4m. <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 to location as shown on 2009 Aps. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 0811 9086 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH09SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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