MHG7666 - Hut circle - Upper Slumbay


A stone-walled hut circle at Upper Slumbay.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stone-walled hut circle at Upper Slumbay.

A stone-walled circular hut measuring 6.5m in diameter between a rubble wall 1.3m wide having no outer facing stones but faced internally with slabs on edge. The entrance in the ESE is mutilated. No trace of contemporary cultivation. Surveyed at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (A A) 31 May 1974.

Photographs of this site were submitted by Paul Swan in March 2009. <1>

188498 839731 Slumbay 1 EB001: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and K Clarke in 2009 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 circular HC sits on a platform built out from from a gentle slope with SE aspect and with panoramic views over land and to Loch Carron. The HC is 75m from a burn and 1000m from the sea loch. Average interior diameter is 5.8m, exterior diam is 9.9m. Wall structure cannot be discerned, wall thickness is 1.1m, max height is 2m. A probable entrance faces SE. The wall is highest on the built up SW arc. There are vestiges of facing stones. The walling shows up in landscape due to heather cover. The interior is tussocky grass. Possible footings of an earlier circular structure show up on the sketch and on photo. The HC sits about 40m E of a dyke which is visible for 40m, and about 30m SW of a 60m length of dyke, indicating an enclosure. The HC does not seem to be associated with either Black Rock HCs (over 1000 m distant) or with PS008 and PS007 (Torre Fionn - see MHG7655 & MHG57756) which are also about 1000 m away. <2> <3>

[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 amended in 2018 according to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 88495 39739 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG83NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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