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Balgown, Skye

Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Balgown, Skye

Classification Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Kilmuir

Canmore ID 11186

Site Number NG36NE 13

NGR NG 389 689

NGR Description Centred NG 389 689

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmuir
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG36NE 13 centred 389 689.

Centred at NG 389 689 is a settlement of four circular stone-walled huts (A to D).

Apart from 'A' the hut measurements are given between wall centres.

Hut 'A' has the inner wall face visible intermittently indicating an internal diameter of 6.5m. The outer wall face is evident in the N and S giving a wall thickness of 1.9m. The entrance is not evident.

'B' measures c.6.0m in diameter with the wall spread to c.2.0m all round. Several inner wall facing stones are visible and a single outer facing stone in the SW give a wall thickness here of 1.0m. The entrance in the W is ill-defined.

'C' is denuded measuring c.9.0m in diameter with the wall spread to an indeterminate width. The S side is clipped by a probably contemporary field bank. The entrance is not apparent.

'D' scarcely discernible, measures c.7.0m in diameter with the wall spread to an indeterminate width. The entrance is not evident.

Around the huts are a few denuded stone clearance heaps and low banks, probably from contemporary cultivation plots, which are overlaid by later cultivation including lazy beds.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R L) 9 September 1971.


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