MHG61593 - Clearance cairns - Achadh A'Chatha


Cairnfield at Achadh A'Chatha (west)

Type and Period (2)

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CAIRNFIELD (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. All gently slope to the southeast. Two are bounded or part bounded by enclosing earth and stone banks, which inevitably are made up of clearance material. The third has a good number of clearance cairns. It may be that some of the cairns and the linear clearance is as a result of more recent activity. The west area has no enclosing boundary:

Site 83 - Clearance cairn at NH 77627 03670 is 3x2 0.3m in height
Site 84 - Clearance cairn at NH 77647 03687 is 4x2 0.5m in height
Site 85 - Clearance cairn at NH 77674 03693 is 4m diameter x 0.9m in height
Site 86 - Clearance cairn at NH 77693 03701
Site 87 - Clearance cairn at NH 77685 03689 is 2x1x0.3m in height
Site 88 - Clearance cairn at NH 77678 03680
Site 89 - Clearance cairn at NH 77709 03687
Site 90 - Clearance cairn at NH 77694 03673
Site 91 - Clearance cairn at NH 77672 03667
Site 92 - Clearance cairn at NH 77702 03654
Site 93 - Clearance cairn at NH 77740 03664
Site 94 - Clearance cairn at NH 77724 03647
Site 96 - Clearance cairn at NH 77795 03618 <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2013 aerial photographs <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 7771 0366 (179m by 87m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NH70SE

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