MHG7645 - Hut circle - Torr Mor 'A'


A hut circle at Torr Mor.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Torr Mor. Recorded by the OS in 1974 as Hut Circle 'A'.

In the area centred on NG 709 430 there is a settlement of 4 hut circles ('A'-'D').
'A' is 8.0m in diameter between centres of a wall spread to 3.0m. Entrance, in the WNW, is flanked on its W side by 2 blocks on edge.
'B' is 5.0m is diameter between centres of a wall 1.2m thick with inner face preserved in the N arc. The SW arc is mutilated and no entrance is evident.
'C' is 5.7m in diameter within a wall 1.4m thick. Entrance, in the SW, is choked with debris.
'D' is 6.0m in diameter within a rubble wall spread to 1.5m in which the inner face is visible. Ill-defined entrance in the W. Field clearance stones have been thrown into the interior of the hut.
In the vicinity of the huts are several stone clearance heaps and traces of walls from contemporary cultivation, but the area has been subject to later grazing and numerous later walls also occur.
Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (J M) 4 June 1974.

170997 842905 Torr Mor 1 HK015: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and H Keiro in 2010 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 poor condition and is one of a cluster of 6 (together with HK016 (see MHG57891), HK017 (see MHG57892), HK018 (see MHG57893), ANNW004 (see MHG57897) and ANNW005 (see MHG57898)) on SW slopes of Tor Mor. It is probably Hut A in 1974 report. The group are all between 100 and 300m to N of a possible chambered cairn at NG71056 42655. The surrounding landscape is mainly covered with bracken. The interior of the structure is submerged by bracken with some moss on the visible wall stones. The platform is dug into a gentle northwest facing slope and the eastern arc is revetted into this slope. It is 20m from a stream and 600m from the sea. Views from the site are panoramic to land and sea. An ancient trackway runs N/S 30m to W of the HC. Average internal diameter is 6m, external diameter is 9.25m. The double skinned wall is 1.6m thick, max height 1.2m (measured from one large outer facing stone). The probable entrance faces northwest and is 1m wide internally. The passage length is 2.3m indicating an extended terminal (see sketch). HK015 is at a distance of 20m from HK016, 100m from HK018 and 150m from ANNW004. <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data amended in 2018 to location as shown on 2009 Aps. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7099 4291 (15m by 15m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG74SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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