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Carn Na Caillich

Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Site Name Carn Na Caillich

Classification Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 15507

Site Number NH94SW 4

NGR NH 90966 43574

NGR Description NH 90966 43574

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Ardclach
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH94SW 4 centred on 9097 4355

At NH 9098 4360 is a circular stone-walled hut measuring c. 11.5m in diameter between the centres of a wall spread to c. 2.5m. The E arc is denuded and the entrance is not evident.

Surveyed at 1/10,000 scale.

Around the hut and to the SE, partly concealed by peat and deep heather, is an area of stone clearance heaps, a few lynchets and walls of contemporary cultivation plots.

About 600m SE of the hut, on the opposite bank of a stream, is another area of stone clearance heaps.

Visited by OS (R L) 20 January 1971.

The stone clearance or small cairns about 600m SE of the hut-circle are described under NH94SW 23.

Infromation from RCAHMS (PMcK) 1 March 1996

This hut-circle, together with an area of small cairns to the SE (NMRS MS 738/28, no.5), were recorded during the course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd. The visible remains lie within a clearing in the forestry plantation on a N spur of Carn na Caillich and original extent of the small cairns has been reduced by planting. The hut-circle measures 11m in diameter overall and is defined by low embanked walls 0.6m wide and less than 0.3m high. Previously described as incomplete on the E side, the hut-circle was found to be D-shaped with the E side formed by a chord of the projected circumference.

Ten cairns are dispersed across the adjacent open ground of the clearing. They are low features up to 4m wide but seldom more than 0.5m high. An embanked linear feature in the SE angle of the clearing may be a remnant field-bank or simply a linear clearance cairn.

J O'Sullivan and D Rankin, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, December 1995; NMRS MS 738/28

NH 915 425 (centre) A pre-afforestation survey at Coulmony/Carn na Caillich, on the River Findhorn, was commissioned by Historic Scotland in response to management proposals by Cawdor Estate, and was conducted by AOC (Scotland) Ltd in November 1995.

NH 9097 4355 Hut circle and cairns (NH94SW 4).

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

AOC (Scotland) Ltd 1996.


Field Visit (April 1978)

Carn na Caillich NH 909 436 NH94SW 4

This hut-circle measures about 10m in internal diameter within a wall now spread to 2.5m in thickness. To the SE there is a large group of small cairns.

RCAHMS 1978, visited April 1978


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