MHG62162 - Building - Old Coulnabottach, Urchany


Ruined building, byre or enclosure, Old Coulnabottach, Urchany

Type and Period (3)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015. A settlement called Coulnabottach on an estate map in 1757 and Coul na Bodach on an estate map in 1798 is a consistent feature on all the estate maps and subsequent OS maps of Urchany. North of the current ruined buildings at Coulnabottach (see MHG62155) there is the old head dyke, then a modern post-and-wire fence, then an area of disturbed ground, 90m E-W x 50m N-S, on which can be traced a variety of archaeological features. The 18th and early 19th century estate maps seem to locate the settlement of Coulnabottach in this area.

Site B106; Rectangular stone building. The four corners lie on the compass points. The 0.6m wide walls consist of large angular stones, intermittent on the SW & SE sides, still remaining in courses on the NE where the wall stands up to 0.6m high. The SE wall is a rounded grass-covered mound. The external dimensions are 10m N-S x 8m E-W, with an entrance in the southern part of the SW wall. It’s massive construction, with large rectangular stones, 8m minimum diameter, and an opening in the W wall, all mitigate against this being a dwelling. It may have been an enclosure, store, or byre. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred NH 4491 4583 (12m by 13m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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