MHG781 - Hut Circle, Torr Phadruig


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  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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Torr Phadruig (NR)

Hut Circle, 'Torr Phadruig': About 3/4 mile NNW of Dorrery Lodge and immediately E of the march fence is a stone- built circular construction, 45ft in over all diameter. The entrance seems to have been in the S, directly through a wall about 9ft in thickness, thereafter by a passage 2ft in width passing round to the E. The central part of the construction, with a diameter of some 13ft, appears to be built. In it and in the outer wall there have been small round chambers faced with large slabs. The whole construction is in a very dilapidated state and the details of its plan very obscure.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

A large flat-topped mound of stones partially covered with turf and heather. It measures 16m diameter and is 1.4m high. It is in a very dilapidated state, but what appears to be a collapsed passage leads into the mound from the NW and continues southwards round to a possible chamber in the E of the mound. The details of this structure are obscure but it would appear to be the remains of a cairn, possibly chambered. Visited by OS (W D J) 10 April 1962.

Tor Phadruig (NAT) Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

Torr Phadruig applies to a heather and turf-covered cairn, 13m in diameter by 1m high. It has been extensively disturbed by exploratory trenches, revealing a core content of medium sized slabs; there is no evidence of a chamber or passage.
Visited by OS (N K B) 15 September 1981.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 97, No. 356 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0671 5603 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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