MHG62137 - Lime kiln - Urchany (Allt na Criche)


Ruined 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 V63; Lime kiln. 5m south of the fence-line, at the crest of a slope to the SW, is a large pit in the ground. The outline is sub-rectangular, 3.5m NW- SE x 2.5m NE-SW. The near-vertical pit is lined with stones, some of which, particularly on the NW side, are up to 0.3m in diameter. However, much of the walls is covered in deep heather, and in the E aspect the wall is tumbled. The base of the pit is relatively flat, 0.7–1.0m deep, and covered in accretions and vegetation. With careful clearing of the heather, detail of culverts emerged in the base of the structure at the SW and E aspects. This structure has all the appearances of a limekiln. It is built on the side of a slope of the hills, thus ensuring access from the NE for carts to fill it. There is at least one opening from the base to allow emptying. <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2015 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4547 4539 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NE
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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