MHG7689 - Hut circle - Rubha Na Gualine (Hut circle A)


A hut circle at Rubha Na Gualine (Hut circle A).

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 Rubha Na Gualine, recorded as Hut circle A by the OS in the original 1965 survey.

Hut Circles (NR) and Old Shielings (NAT)
OS 6"map, (1969)

A poorly-preserved settlement of 6 hut circles (A-F) with traces of one or two probably contemporary walls in the vicinity.
'A', set into a slope, is 6.5m in diameter internally with the inner and outer facing stones well preserved in the W giving a wall thickness of 1.4m. A shieling overlies the wall in the E and intrudes into the interior of the hut. The entrance is not evident.
'B' is a slight platform at the bottom of a W-facing slope with the E half edged by an arc of stones on edge. It measures 5.0m N-S. There are no structural remains in the W but these may be obscured by a pile of debris, and a large boulder which as apparently fallen down from the crag above. The entrance is not evident.
'C' is a faint platform about 8.5m in diameter. The centre is occupied by a shieling but a few set stones round the E half indicate the inner and outer face of a wall 1.4m thick. The entrance is not evident.
'D' is set into an E-facing slope and is 6.2m between wall centres. The inner face can be seen in the W and the N. Two outer facing stones in the W give a wall thickness of 1.3m. A lambing pen is built against the inner face in the W and a wall runs off to the S from the SE arc of the hut. Entrance is in the S.
'E' is 9.5m between centres of a wall obscured by peat. Entrance is in the SW.
'F' is 7.5m between centres of a wall spread to 1.5m in the SW but scarcely visible elsewhere. The entrance is not evident.
About 50m SSE of 'F' is an arc of a peat obscured wall suggesting the NW half of a hut circle about 8.0m in diameter. There is no trace of the SE arc. The entrance is not evident. A further 50m SSE is a vague circular platform 8.5m in diameter overlaid by a shieling in the E and another in the N but a heavy growth of bracken makes classification uncertain. No entrance evident.
Surveyed at 1:10560. (visited by OS {R D} 21 April 1965)
Visited by OS (J M) 4 June 1974.

169186 845874 Rubha na Gualine 1 HK001: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and Hazel Keiro in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This is one of a group of around 6 HCs together with sheilings recorded by OS in 1965. In 2010 it was not possible to locate all of these 6 HCs. 3 (HK004 (see MHG57780), HK002 (see MHG57779), HK001),were recorded clustered near to the banks of a stream. A fourth was observed at NG69111 45716, 200m downstream from this group of 3, but was too badly damaged to be recorded (see MHG57785). It sits on a gentle slope sheltered by a low cliff to the W. Average internal diameter is 6.8m, external diam is 10.3m. The double skinned wall is 1.4m thick with max height 0.5m. A possible entrance faces NE and is 1m wide. On the N side of the circle some outer skin stones are revetted into the slope, and inner facing stones are visible. On the S side, downslope, the platform has been built up, and there is also some tumble. A shieling is built against and into the E wall of the HC. (see sketch). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data amended in 2018 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 6918 4588 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG64NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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