MHG61569 - Building or pen - Achadh A'Chatha


Ruined building or pen at Achadh A'Chatha (west)

Type and Period (2)

  • BUILDING? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PEN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A township comprising three unroofed buildings, an enclosure, a field and a length of field wall is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1872, sheet lxxxvii). Three unroofed buildings, an enclosure of four compartments, another enclosure and two fields are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1994).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 17 July 1996

A survey of the area around Achadh A'Chatha (west) was undertaken by members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) in 2002. The settlement is situated at a height of 340m on glacial terraces of relatively fertile and well-drained land. To the north and west of the settlement there are large areas of improved ground, elevated and bisected by deepcut meltwater channels. There are two groups of buildings, each situated on its own terrace. The upper settlement is situated on a SE facing grassy terrace 30m north of the lower group of buildings.

Site 52. A depressed sub-rectangular area immediately to the east and in the corner of the boundary wall (see MHG61568). Measures internally roughly 20m x 3m. Divided into 2 compartments by an earth and stone bank, 0.3m high, which continues west as feature 53. South compartment is 11m long and north is 9m tapering at its north end. Bounded on its east side by an earthbank, which in its southern 3m becomes a stone wall. The whole feature is depressed/dished, roughly 0.3-0.4m. Overgrown with bracken. It may be a former building which has been adapted and reused, (there are other amorphous linear features in the area) or a pen. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 aerial photographs <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred NH 7796 0385 (21m by 17m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH70SE

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