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Tordarroch Cottage

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

Site Name Tordarroch Cottage

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

Canmore ID 13208

Site Number NH63SE 27

NGR NH 6785 3306

NGR Description Centred at NH 680 330

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


Field Visit (1970 - 1972)

Centred at NH 680 330 are two stone walled huts (A and B), a possible hut (C), and several stone clearance heaps probably from contemporary cultivation plots.

Hut 'A' on a rise measures c. 13.5m NW-SE by c. 12.0m transversely between the centres of a denuded wall spread to c. 3.0m. Several blocks, some displaced, occur around the S arc. The entrance in the SE is mutilated.

Hut 'B', set into the base of a SW slope, is circular measuring c. 8.5m in diameter between the centres of a mutilated wall spread to c. 1.5m. The entrance is not evident.

'C', possible a hut circle, is defined by a stone wall spread to c. 4.0m, destroyed in the SE, and measuring c. 18.0m NE-SW between wall centres. No entrance is evident.

Apart from the clearance heaps, any other trace of associated cultivation has been destroyed by modern cultivation.

Visited by OS (A A) 20 April 1970.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 7 January 1972.

Project (July 1989)

Pre-afforestation survey undertaken in Tordarroch, Davoit and Dunlichty, Inverness, commissioned by Historic Buildings and Monuments, Scottish Development department.

S T Driscoll, 1989.

Field Visit (4 November 1992)

On undulating, heather-covered moorland some 500m to the SE of Tordarroch House, there are three hut-circles, and a scattering of small cairns (NH63SE 43). Two other features, identified as hut-circles by Driscoll in 1989, appear to be largely natural.

OS hut 'A' sits on a slight rise above boggy ground at NH 6785 3306 and measures 11m from ESE to WNW by 10m transversely within a stony bank spread to 2m in thickness and standing to a height of 0.3m. The wall thickens on either side of the entrance, which is on the ESE (USN93 197).

Hut 'B', at NH 6800 3306, is set into the base of a slope on the NE. It measures 6m in diameter within a stony bank measuring 0.4m in height and spread to 1.8m in thickness. It has an entrance on the SSW (USN93 208).

All that is visible of hut 'C', at NH 6813 3313, which lies immediately outside the fence surrounding the Free Church, is a length of bank, spread to 2.2m in thickness, forming part of the SW arc of the hut wall. Two other 'hut-circles' were identified by Driscoll in 1989, at NH 6801 3306 and NH 6776 3310 respectively. The former consists of an arc of possible bank and a drain, which together give a superficial impression of an enclosure, while the latter appears to be entirely natural.

(USN93 197, 208-9)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 4 November 1992.


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