MHG62587 - Hut circle - Lag na Saille 3


A hut circle at Lag na Saille, Achiltibuie.

Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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  • None recorded

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A hut circle at Lag na Saille, Achiltibuie.

205365 913011 Lag na Saille 3 CMM603: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and C MacNeilage and others in 2013 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This structure is in fair condition. It is one of a group of 5 circular stone structures lying on terraces along the banks of a steep-sided valley above a fast flowing burn. The burn emerges into a sheltered bay at Lag na Saille. There are many signs of later cultivation in the form of lazy beds, later enclosure walls and vegetation change. The landscape is sloping, hilly and rocky. Views from the site are panoramic over the sea. CMM603 is 10m from a stream and 70m from the sea at Lag na Saille. The structure lies on a substantial terace with steep sides dropping to the burn as it flows towards the sea. The immediate terrain is flat but the further landscape is sloping hilly and rocky. Vegetation around the structure is mainly grass and bracken, with heather when the improved land is left behind. The platform inside the structure is covered with a mixture of bracken and grass with some moss. CMM603 is 10m from the burn and 70m from the sea at Lag na Saille. The average inner diameter is 8.8m, exterior diameter is 11.7m measured N/S direction only. The ring bank and some wall facings are visible. The NW arc of rhe HC has fallen away down the steep slope to the burn. A later wall running NW/SE cuts the NE segment. The double skinned wall is 1.0m in height. The entrance was doubtful but may have been to the NE, opening out onto flat land. Inside the structure in the S segment are two mounds with diameters of 2.0m. (see sketch and photos). CMM603 is 80m from CMM602 (see MHG62586) <1> <2>

[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].

GIS spatial data created in 2022 according to location of feature as seen on 2020 vertical APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 0536 1302 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC01SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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