MHG62718 - 'Rie Fask in dune' shieling - Coulnabottach


The remains of a shieling northwest of Coulnabottach.

Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

R. Spencer-Jones and S. North of NOSAS conducted a walkover survey of this area of Urchany on 27/02/19 based on features identified on an 1800 map in the Lovat Estate collection.

Rie Faskindun, Beinn Beag Fhada
A shieling is shown to the northwest of Coulnabottach, the upper settlement of Urchany, on the banks of a small burn. The shieling is called variously Rie Fask in dune, or Rie Faskindun. The site appeared to be a subtle and hard-to-see platform of thick grass about 0.15m above the ground. Without the map, it would have been unnoticeable in the landscape. Orientated eastwest, 3.5m x 2m, It lies 1.5m to the south of a small burn that emerges in a spring 5m to the east. There is a narrow hollow of ground eastwards above the spring. A few stones define the extent of the dwelling, particularly at the east and west ends, with the east wall consisting of a line of occasional stones. <1><2>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4371 4679 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KILMORACK

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