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School (Period Unassigned), Sentry Post (20th Century)

Site Name Achiemore

Classification School (Period Unassigned), Sentry Post (20th Century)

Canmore ID 296298

Site Number NC36NE 102

NGR NC 36069 68121

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC36NE 102 36069 68121

This sentry post, which is situated immediately W of the public road some 150m NNE of Achiemore, controls access by the general public to that part of the Cape Wrath Training Centre (NC27SE 2) which is deemed dangerous during military exercises. It comprises a timber hut or shed (CWTC08 395) with a pitched corrugated steel sheet roof, its sides and ends painted with a large black and white checkerboard pattern, and a small steel portacabin (CWTC08 396), its sides and ends painted with a large black and yellow checkerboard pattern. In addition there is a flagpole on which a warning flag may be raised, notice and warning boards, and a barrier.

The post stands adjacent to the footings of a former school (CWTC08 416). The building stood until the early 1990s, when its corrugated steel sheet roof was blown off by strong winds and the walls were taken down to supply foundation material for the Bailey Bridge over the Daill River (David Hird pers comm).

(CWTC08 395–96 & 416)

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, JH) 11 August 2008.


Project (4 August 2008 - 15 August 2008)

In August 2008 an archaeological and architectural survey was undertaken by RCAHMS of the Cape Wrath Training Centre (CWTC), Highland. The survey was commissioned as a partnership project by Defence Estates (Ministry of Defence) to provide a baseline survey to enhance the historic component of the Land Management Plan for the CWTC. The survey set out to record all visible archaeological features and architectural structures, map them using differential Global Positioning System (dGPS), digitally photograph them, and assess and record their condition using criteria defined by Defence Estates. The survey also recorded all the redundant and current boundaries around and within the centre. Sufficient time was available towards the end of the survey to enable detailed measured drawing surveys to be undertaken of some of the more interesting monuments within the CWTC.

Information from HES Survey and Recording (JRS) 18 April 2018.


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