MHG8371 - WWII Defences - Camas Na Feithe Moire


WWII dam and stance, hut stances and gun emplacement identified within a wider network of WWII defences.

Type and Period (4)

  • NISSEN HUT (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
  • WATER TANK? (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
  • DAM? (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Renumbered from NG88SE0024C
JHooper, 29/08/2002
NG88SE 21.01 851 835

The concrete bases of four Nissen huts are situated on a terrace to the E of a knoll on which there is a circular gun-platform, probably for an anti-aircraft gun of about 20mm calibre (pers comm Mr R Mowat, RCAHMS). There are slots between 0.1m and 0.2m across at the edges of the stances, some of which contain wooden sleeper beams. The outer edge of the slot in one of the stances (Inverewe 25) is corrugated. There is a drain, containing salt-glazed pipe, running off the N corner of the northernmost base, presumably a toilet block. Remains of stoves are visible on two of the other bases (Inverewe 26, 27), together with C-shaped iron roof supports and fragments of reinforced glass. Stone paths, about 1.2m across, connect the huts and run up to the gun-platform. At the E edge of the site is a crude stance which may have supported a water tank similar to that to the ENE (NG88SE 21.02) Two drains are visible to the S of the tank, which join and run to a concrete stance, presumably supporting a pump, beside a dam to the SW.
A series of drains, cutting across the boggy ground to the E of the dam, drain into the burn which runs up to the dam. They were perhaps cut to improve water collection. What may have been an overflow channel cuts past the dam to the S.
All four huts appear unroofed on a 1946 RAF 1:10,000 vertical aerial photograph (CPE/Scot/UK/83).
(Inverewe 23-28)
Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 8 June 1994.

INVG011 - WII dam and stance, four hut stances and a gun emplacement identified in a DBA and walkover survey undertaken by the National Trust for Scotland at their Inverewe Estate in 1998.
These structures are the Camas na Feithe Moire section of the military training area on this peninsula which have been fully surveyed bystaff from the RCAHMS.
The concrete stances for 4 Nissen huts, the largest being c10.9m by c4.7m, are situated around the E arc of the slopes of a knoll to the NE of this bay. Remains of the C-shaped iron roof trusses lie about the stances, but otherwise there is surprisingly little debris. The RCAHMS survey identified one of the stances as a toilet block, whilst two others originally had stoves in them. On the top of the knoll is a gun emplacement, c2.5m in diameter, made of broken stone.
The RCAHMS survey identified drains and a setting for a possible water tank, which must have been associated with the dam and its nearby concrete stance for a pump down near the bay. The RAF aerial photos of 1946 show that these huts had been dismantled by then.
Minor threatsfrom natural regeneration were identified and it was recommended that the site be photographed every five years. <1>

GIS spatial data created 2018 based from HES Canmore grid reference.<2>

Indiviual locations for features are uncertain, location is central indication only.
GW 18/07/18

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Grid reference Centred NG 8524 8375 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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