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Allt Na Guaille

Milestone (19th Century)

Site Name Allt Na Guaille

Classification Milestone (19th Century)

Canmore ID 295075

Site Number NC37SW 2

NGR NC 31645 70204

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Durness
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland


Field Visit (2008)

NC37SW 2 31645 70204

This milestone is situated in peaty moorland, on the N side of the public road (NC37SW 26) from the Kyle of Durness (NC 3708 6603) to the lighthouse (NC27SE 3.00) at Cape Wrath, some 125m W of the road bridge (NC37NW 17) over the Allt na Guaille. Rectangular in section, the roughly dressed granite block measures 0.3m in breadth by 0.21m in thickness and 0.35m in height. The front face has been painted white and the incised number six, denoting the distance in miles to the lighthouse, has been painted black.

The exact date that the milestone was erected is not known, but it was probably soon after the road was adopted as a public highway in 1833 and it was certainly in place by 1874, when it was surveyed for the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet V). A local tradition that the milestones along the 11 mile length of the road cannot be substantiated, but it would provide an explanation why there is a variation in their respective designs and dimensions.

(CWTC08 163)

Visited by RCAHMS (AL, IP) 11 August 2008.


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