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Loch Ruthven

Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Loch Ruthven

Classification Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Tullich

Canmore ID 115051

Site Number NH62NW 68

NGR NH 635 281

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Daviot And Dunlichity
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH62NW 68 634 282

The OS 6" 1903 does not show an island in Loch Ruthven at NH 6038 2757 (NH62NW 4), but the 1875 edition shows one at NH 6038 2758. Rivet, however, refers to a crannog in the area NH 633 281, at the other end of the loch. (Information from Mr E Meldrum, Inverness to OS)

OS 6" map annotated by A L F Rivet, May 1963.

Local enquiries revealed that there is a small island in Loch Ruthven within an area centred NH 634 281. The loch is at present at flood level, the island apparently lying under 2' of water and not visible from the shore. No further information received from Mr Meldrum

Visited by OS (E G C), 9 September 1963.

The island described and illustrated by Blundell is at NH 6038 2757 (NH62NW 4). It was inaccessible at the time of investigation, but, as seen from the shore, is undoubtedly artificial. There is no trace on the ground or on APs of a causeway to the shore. The 'peculiar hill or mound' described by Blundell is a natural knoll named Tom Buidhe, at NH 6043 2740.

The island centred at NH 634 281 mentioned by OS field surveyor (E G C) was flooded at the time of visit, but from the AP it appears too small to be a crannog. (Visible on OS air photograph OS 67/198/011)

Visited by OS (N K B), 20 March 1970.

This crannog is situated at the E end of Loch Ruthven and is visible on aerial photographs (RCAHMSAP 1994) as an oval spread of stones within which there is a subrectangular dark mark, possibly caused by vegetation.

Information from RCAHMS (DCC), 30 January 1997.

Scheduled as 'Loch Ruthven, crannog 490m S of Tullich... at the eastern end of Loch Ruthven'.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 16 August 2007.


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