MHG8282 - Hut circle - An Torr 4 (AMC110)


A hut circle at An Torr, Badachro near Gairloch.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ng 7866 7309. A hut circle is situated on a small level area between crags on the south slope of An Torr. It is the furthest southwest of the group of three hut circles here and it lies 25m southwest of circle An Torr 3. The diameter of the circle is ca. 7m with the walling of stone; apparently the wall has been extensively robbed. In parts the facing stones of the wall both external and internal can be clearly seen and in these places the wall is 1.5m wide. The entrance is perhaps at 97 degrees grid. Two or three small stone structures have been built inside the circle. The ambient vegetation is fine grass, moss and bracken inside and outside the circle with birches growing round about. <1>

The site was visited by C Dagg in 1998 during a walkover survey in advance of a proposed Woodland Grant Scheme plantation at An Torr. It was found to be as previously recorded. It was recommended that the area be excluded from the proposed scheme. <2>

The hut circle was included in a desk-based assessment for a proposed woodland planting scheme for Shieldaig Farm, in an area to the east of the Badachro River. <3>

178668 873077 An Torr 4 AMC110: The hut circle was visited by A MacInnes in 2010 as part of research by A Welti for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. The circular stone structure is in birch woodland, engulfed by bracken. It is in poor condition. There is a small crag above the HC to W and another crag below it to E. The walls have been robbed and altered by structures built inside the HC. Views are limited to N and panoramic to S. Average internal diameter is 6.35m, external diameter is 9m. The double skinned wall is 1.3m thick with maximum height 0.4m. The possible entrance faces E with external width 1m and internal width 0.75m. AMC110 may be associated withAMC107 (see MHG8280)(30m distant), AMC109 (see MHG30972) (20m distant), and AMC108 (see MHG8281) (70m distant), There may also be an association with AMC137 (see MHG8276), 400m distant. <4> <5>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7865 7308 (12m by 12m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG77SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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