MHG62623 - Hut circle - Creag Bheag (2)


A hut circle at Creag Bheag, Dundonnel.

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 Creag Bheag, Dundonnel.

211753 886120 Creag Bheag 2 IB204: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and I Brandt 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. This circular stone structure is in fair condition. It lies 8m from a larger circular structure, IB203 (see MHG62619). These two structures are sited high above the Dundonnell River and Strath Beag. They sit on a terrace which breaks a long and very steep slope at a similar elevation to that of the clusters of hut circles sited approximately 1000m to the south. These are recorded as DC003 (see MHG), CB100 (see MHG) and others including SM101 (see MHG) which is only 400m away from IB204, across a deep gorge. From the site of IB204 there are panoramic views of land and sea. The landscape around the structure is a mixture of heather, grass and bracken with some woodland. Inside IB204 is the same mix of heather, grass and bracken. The structure is 100m from a fast flowing stream and 500m upslope from the Dundonnell River in the valley beneath. The platform has slumped on a moderate south facing slope which is part of a fairly level terrace. The walling is single skinned, with inner and outer facing stones. It is 1.7m thick, and contains an orthostat in the southern arc which is 1.0m high. A possible entrance faces east, width externally. Wall facing stones are visible and the structure is submerged in heather, bracken, moss and bog. <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 1174 8612 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH18NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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