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Dunballoch Plantation

Ditch (Period Unassigned), Site (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dunballoch Plantation

Classification Ditch (Period Unassigned), Site (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 116621

Site Number NH54NW 44

NGR NH 528 452

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kirkhill
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH54NW 44 528 452

NH 44/54 OS 528 452 No. 14 Dunballoch Plantation.

There is a ditch (which may have been interfered with during the last war) 55 yards long and curved to form a 1/4 circle. It is 7 yards wide at the top end, but narrower next the Kirkhill - Dunballoch road due to upcast from a sandpit. The upcast of the ditch is to each side and it is much deeper at the bottom end next the sandpit. 35 yards down from this bottom end and towards the west and next the road, there are the very eroded remains of what appears to be an outer circular rampart. It is 20 yards long and has a ditch on each side. The bottom of the ditches are 6 yards apart. About 25 yards in from the 55 yard inner ditch there appear to be stone footings of a rectangular structure 10 yards long on the S.W. side and 8 yards wide next the sandpit. The outer rampart and the broad inner ditch appear to be the remnants of a double circular ringwork enclosing perhaps a religious site. On the upside from, and unconnected to, this site, is an area consisting of heaps of spoil in the woodland, which has been left after digging mentioned in the first Statistical Account. Further up still is a very old turf wall with later stone facing on the down side. This wall now links across between 2 more recent and less substantial parallel turf walls, also with stone facing. The woodland on the outside of each parallel turf wall was formerly 2 arable fields belonging to Dunballoch Farm.

D E Coghill 1989.

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