MHG9138 - Hut Circle - Rubha Dubh Ard


A hut circle at Rubha Dubh Ard.

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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A hut circle at Rubha Dubh Ard.

At NC 0452 0429 on a level terrace above shore is a probable hut circle. It consists of an almost complete inner circle, 6m diameter, of large stones set on edge backed by smaller stones and earth, with an entrance in S.
There is no trace of field walling contemporary with hut in area, although several natural terraces seem to have been cultivated.
Visited by OS (G H P) 29 May 1962.

A circular stone-walled hut measuring 5.5m in diameter within a wall varying between 0.9m and 1.4m thick, and showing a well-preserved inner face of contiguous stones on edge. The entrance in S is marked by a gap 1.7m wide. Two stones which project into the hut from the E side of the entrance are uncertainly original or due to mutilation.
(Detail shown but not named on OS 6" 1969).
Visited by OS (J M) 11 July 1974.

204527 904285 Rhubh Dhuard CMM115: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and C MacNeilage in 2012 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure is in fair condition. It sits on a gently sloping west facing terrace which slopes down to a lower terrace and the sea. To the south of the HC is a rocky escarpment. The HC is 30m from the sea and 100m from a stream. Surrounding ground cover is a mixture of heather, bracken and grass. There are panoramic views to the sea. The inner facing stones are clearly delineated, and a few outer facing stones are also in place. A large flat stone slab lies outside the structure, near to the eastern arc. Average inner diameter is 5.6m, outer diameter is 7.0m. The double skinned wall is 1m thick with maximum height 0.4m. The entrance faces SSE with internal width 1.4m and passage length 1.0m. CMM115 is 500m south of CEM008 (see MHG) and 1000m to southwest of DC005 (see MHG). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data amended in 2019 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 0451 0430 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC00SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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