MHG9523 - Stone Circle, Dalach Baite

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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NC86SW 4 8323 6485.

About 1/2 mile SW of Strathy church, and somewhat less to W of river, on N side of a small ravine, and between it and an old feal dyke, is a circle of upright and almost contiguous boulders, 9.5 ft in diameter. On N and NE are remains of an outer and nearly parallel row, some 5ft to 8ft distant, stones of which are not so closely set. On N side of the circle is a mound, about 10ft by 5ft by 2ft high, which may be remains of the original bank. To NE, at 7ft distant, is a small mound about 9ft in diameter. This structure resembles the
circle of stones on the An t-Sron, near Lairg, and also that near Knock Arthur in Rogart.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909

A small circle 3.6m in diameter of contiguous stones at NC 8323 6485 mainly as described by the RCAHM, apart from not all being upright. The outer setting is ill-defined and is more likely to be fortuitous or a result of mutilation.
The purpose of this circle is obscure as it does not appear to be a hut circle, and may be a sepulchral monument. It could, however, be associated with several depopulation enclosures attached to a hill dyke close by to the NE.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 24 April 1960 and (AA) 9 November 1972

(NC 8319 6486) Hut Circle (NR) (mis-plotted) OS 6" map (1962)

(NC 8323 6484) Undescribed circular feature OS 25" map (1974)

The enclosure published on OS 25" is circle described by previous authorities; the feature on OS 6" 1962 publication is a natural tumble of boulders.
The circle, and outer setting, is enigmatic and unimpressive and any resemblance to circle of stones on the An t-Sron, near Lairg, is superficial. The final comment of the previous investigator provides a most likely answer to the origin of the feature.
Resurveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (JM) 23 July 1977


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 80, no.231 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NC 8322 6485 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC86SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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