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North Uist, Ardheisker

Thatched Cottage (19th Century)

Site Name North Uist, Ardheisker

Classification Thatched Cottage (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Heisker, Ceannear (East Head); Heisker, Ceanniar (West Head)

Canmore ID 171538

Site Number NF76NE 37

NGR NF 76460 67316

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish North Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Ardheisker Blackhouse, 19th century Thatched house overlooking an inlet, unusual in having been extended to four irregular bays, with a makeshift drainpipe flue in the roof ridge and, unusually, blank rear and side walls.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Site Management (29 October 1997)

East-facing single storey Hebridean-type thatched cottage; 4 irregular bays, 3 narrow northern bays with central door, wide south bay; side and rear walls all blank. Thick, slightly battered limewashed rubble walls with curved angles. End stacks and off-centre axial drainpipe flue; muran thatch roof, secured by ropes and stones at inner wall head. Long outbuilding to south west parallel with house now derelict. (Historic Scotland)


Project (9 April 2012 - 31 March 2014)

This project, which RCAHMS is undertook in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Sair (Western Isles local authority), aims to improve the historic environment records for a part of Scotland first visited by the Commission nearly 100 years ago. Desk-based assessment was followed by field recording and the results have been made available through the RCAHMS Canmore website and the local authority sites and monuments record.

The first and second phases of the project (in 2012) took place at Balranald on the NW coast of North Uist and comprised landscape recording followed by the detailed survey of selected sites.

The third phase (April 2013) was undertaken at Gleann Uisinis on the east coast of South Uist and included both landscape recording and detailed site-survey, in conjunction with Chris Barrowman of Historic Scotland.

The project included a record enhancement aspect that saw the digitisation of both existing archive material and new material resulting from detailed site survey. As part of its commitment to community engagement, RCAHMS liaised closely with the Local Authority Archaeologist, local heritage groups and interested individuals.

The project included visits to more than 400 sites, and the creation of over 300 digital images available on Canmore, including 15 measured surveys.

Information from RCAHMS (JRS, AGCH, GFG) January 2014.

Photographic Survey (6 June 2012)

This building was photographed during the Uists Landscapes Project.

Field Visit (9 June 2015)

NF 76460 67317 The building is listed as having a ‘muran thatch roof, secured by ropes and stones at inner wall head’. The grid reference given by Canmore and Historic Environment Scotland for the building relates to the building on the right of the below image, however, from the listing description, and by a Buildings at Risk entry, the listed building is the one shown below centre, which has been on the Buildings at Risk (BAR) Register since 1997 (BAR reference number 1501). In 1996 upon inspection by BAR, it was recorded that the roof needs rethatching. An image of the building on Canmore taken circa 2000 shows the cottage with a thatched roof. There is no longer any thatch left on the roof and the building’s interior is exposed to the elements. The listed building description and grid reference should be updated accordingly.

Visited by Zoe Herbert (SPAB) 09 June 2015, survey no.256


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