MHG7749 - Hut circle - Coille Eagasgarg (Hut circle C)


A hut circle at Coille Eagasgarg, near Poolewe.

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Coille Eagasgarg, near Poolewe. Hut circle 'C' in the original OS survey.

NG88SE 12 891 829.
In area centred at NG 891829, 300 ft OD., between Allt na Teangaidh Fiadhaich and Allt Loch nan Uain in previously cultivated land there are grass and heather-covered remains of 3 hut circles, with walls, 1.4 m thick and 0.7 m max. ht., defined by unhewn orthostats.
'A' measuring 5-8 m internal diameter has its entrance in NE.
'B' measuring 9.1 m internal diameter has its entrance in W and 'C' measuring 7.6 m internal diameter has its entrance in SE. In addition to those three hut circles, 120m north of 'A' there are the amorphous remains of another, approximately 9m diameter which has been overlaid by a later enclosure formed by an earth and stone bank 0.7m high.
Visited by OS (N K B) 22 March 1965; Visible on RAF APs CPE/SCOT/321: 3260-1.

Area included in pre-afforestation survey by C Dagg . See hyperlinked report.
A M Fox, Highland Council

189169 882809 Coille Eagasgarg 3 MB003: The hut circle was visited by J Buchanan in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This circular stone structure seems to be part of a group of 7: MB001 see MHG49734), MB002 (see MHG49735) MB003, MB004 (see MHG57301), MB005 (see MHG57302), MB006 (see MHG57303), MB007 (see MHG57304). MB003, MB004, MB005 are recorded as a group by OS 1965. MB003 is tucked in below a knoll on a gentle E facing slope with wide views inland, and is sheltered from westerly winds. Very large stones were used in the construction, creating massively thick walls (1.60m - 2.00m) but these walls are not very high. Average inner diameter is 7m, outer diameter is 10.55m. The double skinned wall is 2m thick and maximum height is 0.7m. A possible entrance faces southeast but no measurements were possible. Several young trees are growing within hut circle - the area is clear felled and planted with trees. Vegetation (heather, grass and bracken) is high and obscures much of structure. <1> <2>

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Note: NGR adjusted to position as seen on 2009 vertical APs [IS-L 28/06/2017].

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Grid reference Centred NG 8916 8281 (13m by 13m)
Map sheet NG88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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