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Tiree, Loch Na Buaile

Crannog (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Tiree, Loch Na Buaile

Classification Crannog (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 21538

Site Number NM04SW 3

NGR NM 0338 4489

NGR Description From NM 0338 4489 to NM 0340 4489

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Tiree
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM04SW 3 0338 4489 to 0340 4489.

(NM 0338 4489) Crannog (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Crannog and Enclosure, Loch na Buaile: This small artificial island is situated beside the NE shore of Loch na Buaile towards the NW end of the loch. The island appears as a grassy platform of sub-circular plan measuring about 13.5m in diameter and standing to a height of about 0.5m above water-level at the date of visit; it is linked with the shore to the SE by means of a stone causeway some 5m in length. The centre of the island is occupied by the indeterminate turf-covered remains of a building or platform of roughly ovoid plan, which measures approximately 6.5m in length from NE to SW by 5m transversely.

About 21m SE of the causeway are the wasted remains of a circular enclosure, which is contained within a revetted stone-and-turf bank and measures about 9m in diameter over all.

RCAHMS 1980, visited 1975; E Beveridge 1903.

NM 0338 4489. Crannog and causeway as described.

NM 0340 4489. The remains of the enclosure occupy the summit of a small, low knoll.

Crannog surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (D W R) 29 June 1972.

NM 0338 4490 This site, identified by RCAHMS (1980) is located off the E shore of Loch na Buaile 65m from the present N end. The island is artificial and accessed by a causeway 10m in length of large well-rounded boulders. The causeway is 3.4m wide at its base and provides a 1.5m wide level walkway which is 0.5m above the surrounding loch bed.

The artificial island is a circular, turf-covered mound which measures 15.1m by 15,9m at its base and is crowned by the remains of an oval 6.2m by 8.6m structure. This structure appears to be a single ring of medium-sized boulders which have now been turfed over. Underwater investigation revealed that the islet was comprised of small well-rounded stones.

Sponsors: Univ of Edinburgh Dept of Archaeology, Holley & Assoc.

M W Holley 1995.


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