MHG62616 - Platform and possible hut circle - Lochan Sgeireach 2


The platform of a possible hut circle at Lochan Sgeireach, overlain by a later shieling hut.

Type and Period (1)

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

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The platform of a possible hut circle at Lochan Sgeireach, overlain by a later shieling hut.

213458 897709 Lochan Sgeireach 2. RM001: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and R Maddock in 2019 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. The site presents as a vaguely circular heather covered mounded platform, on top of which is a large ruined shieling. The structure lies on the flattest part of a generally moderate south facing slope. It is 500m from both a track leading NE to the Dam Lochs (all freshwater), and from the Allt an Srathain which is flowing E/W towards Loch Broom, a sea loch. The structure is 300m from freshwater Lochan Sgeireach. The surrounding terrain is heather moorland. From the site there are panoramic views inland. The shieling has overall dimensions 7m x 3.2m. The underlying mound has diameter approximately 13.0m.This measurement is compatible with the idea that the shieling overlays an earlier hut circle. Few measurements were possible. <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 as shown on 2009 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 1346 9771 (24m by 24m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH19NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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