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Bealach An Sgairne

Dyke (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Bealach An Sgairne

Classification Dyke (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 317604

Site Number NH02SW 5

NGR NH 0122 2145

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kintail
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty


Field Visit (10 September 1997 - 10 September 1997)

Just outwith the NTS estate boundary and close to the head of the Bealach an Sgairne is a crude platform, c1.5m square, which has been constructed to the E of a huge boulder. Some sort of structure is recorded on the 1st edition OS map.

The platform is enclosed by a low dyke that then runs S to the path. There is also a revetting stone feature that runs intermittently E/W beyond this site, as well as a low N/S dyke. The dyke lies 30m E of the platform and runs 10m S to the path before extending a further 20m before disappearing under a pile of scree.

On the basis of 1 rusted iron post the revetting wall would appear to be part of a now removed wire fence, not elsewhere recorded. It is similar to, though more substantial than, the dyke at Abhainn Gaorsaic (KIN141). If contemporary with this fence these features are probably late in the sequence here. Not being shown on the 1st or 2nd edition OS maps the fence must have been built after 1902. These features could have aided in the gathering/herding of sheep.

Information from NTS: KIN144 (JH and JW) 10th September 1997

NTS Survey


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