MHG62135 - Kiln - Urchany (Allt na Criche)


Ruined probable lime kiln, Urchany (Allt na Criche)

Type and Period (1)

  • LIME KILN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Depop., cairns, etc.
OS 6"map annotated by A L F Rivet (nd)
The field system, partly overlaid by a depopulated steading, is marked by stone clearance heaps, lynchets and walls forming fields varying in size from about 15 m by 10 m to about 50 m by 30 m.
Divorced survey at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (R L) 17 March 1970

(Name: NH 4555 4550) Settlement & Field System (NR)
OS 1/10,000map, (1975)

This unenclosed settlement comprises the remains of four oval stone-walled houses and two scarped platforms which may represent the sites of timber houses. In the vicinity there are several other platforms of unknown function and also extensive remains of stone clearance, some of which may be of relatively recent date.
RCAHMS 1979 <1>

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015.

Site V57; On the east side of a prominent knoll or cnoc, 35m south of the main Urchany track, is a tumble of stones inside a prominent dark hole. The structure seems to be a kiln, with infilled tumble of large angular stones. With some heather clearing, the sides of the kiln bowl become apparent, particularly on the north. The bowl’s dimensions are N-S: external 3.1m, internal 2.6m and E-W: external 2.5m, internal 2.0m. The bowl appears slightly oval. It’s depth cannot be asceratained because of the tumble. At the front of the bowl, and 0.5m external, ie east, to it is a line of laid stones forming the base of the front of the kiln. At the eastern part of the bowl is a deeper gully that might represent the line of the original draw hole. In view of it’s position on the side of a knoll this is likely to be a lime kiln. <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2015 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4554 4555 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NE
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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