MHG62636 - Possible shieling - Moine Thorranach, Loch Droma


Ruined possible shieling at Moine Thorranach

Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING HUT? (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH27NE 4 2597 7573.
Situated on S-facing slopes above Loch Droma some 600m ENE of Lochdrum house and visible from road are remains of two stone buildings aligned E to W. The larger building measures 12m by 4m with no visible partitions. A small addition measuring 2m by 2m has been built onto W end. The second building, some 18m to the W, measures 8m by 2.5m. Surrounding an area N and adjoining buildings are the stone footings of an enclosure wall.
C Jack and A K Kilpatrick 1992.

An unroofed building is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross-shire and Cromartyshire 1881, sheet xlix). Two unroofed buildings are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10560 map (1966).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 21 February 1996

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey were carried out by C Dagg in 2021 for an area of proposed woodland creation north of Loch Droma and the A835, part of Braemore estate in the parish of Gairloch, Ross-shire. This evaluation revisits archaeological features noted during these previous work, places them in a more detailed context and offers recommendations for their protection within the planting scheme according to present guidelines on forests and archaeology.<1>

A project to survey and record archaeological features at Allt Airigh nan Coimh’each, Loch Droma was carried out by Meryl Marshall of NOSAS in July 2022.

Moine Thorranach Farmstead, buildings and enclosure wall; 600m to the ENE of Lochdrum farmstead, the main part of this site comprises 2 buildings with improved ground surrounding; to the north there are the remains of an enclosing wall. 100m to the W there are the remains of two further buildings/?byres in a sheltered grassy position.

5. Possible shieling - a few metres to the NE of building 4, a roughly constructed stone building overlies what appears to be an earlier building/?shieling. The original building is a rectangular grassy platform surrounded by turf covered stone footings with rounded corners aligned E-W and 5m x 2.5m; a possible further extension to the platform is indicated to the ENE by a platform which measures 3m x 2m. The more recent stone structure occupies the west end of the earlier building, it is roughly 3m x 2.5m overall with walls to 0.6m height x 0.5m thick and an entrance 0.5m wide in the SW corner. <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2018 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 2584 7573 (13m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH27NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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