MHG62490 - Building/byre - Arboll Links


Ruined building and possible byre at Arboll Links

Type and Period (2)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Situated immediately S of the large coastal sand dunes on Ardboll links are the remains of at least 9 buildings and associated enclosures. The buildings appear to have been of dry-stone construction although they have been reduced to their footings and covered with blown sand and turf. They are all rectangular, 3m wide but vary in length from S to 13m. Running E around the S side of the settlement is a substantial bank 5m wide at its base and 1m high. There are traces of field work to the S of the bank. A track can be traced along the N edge of the settlement. RCAHMS 1979, visited by RCAHMS (PC) 1977.

A survey of the Arboll Links Township, Easter Ross was carried out by members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) in January 2017. The township (see MHG8523) comprises the remains of 9 (possibly 11) buildings, up to 12 enclosures, several midden pits and a possible kiln.

Site 13A; Building/Possible Byre. A rectangular building on a WNW-ESE alignment, one of two abutting each other on the same alignment. The building measures 11m x 4m internally. The turf and stone footings of the north wall are 0.5m high and 0.6m thick (spread to 3m). The south wall is indistinct and defined by a change in slope. There may be 2 compartments to this building; the west part of 4m length is at a lower level and a possible entrance here opens onto a midden pit (13B). Enclosure 15 which abuts this structure to the north and the midden pit 13B to the south are associated. <1>

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

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Grid reference Centred NH 8836 8285 (13m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TARBAT

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