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Islay, Bruthach Breac

Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Site Name Islay, Bruthach Breac

Classification Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Canmore ID 37275

Site Number NR24NE 4

NGR NR 2865 4574

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kildalton And Oa
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR24NE 4 2865 4574.

At NR 286 5474, on a dry eminence, is a solitary hut circle measuring 7.0m in diameter with a wall spread to 2.5m wide and 0.4m high. No facing stones are visible but peat erosion has exposed the content of small rubble stones. The entrance of simple form is in the E arc. From either side of the entrance two parallel banks extend eastwards for about 6.0m to fade on an early modern field bank. There is no trace of associated cultivation. The hut was discovered by Mr P J McIntosh (48 Glenesk Road, Lhanbryde, Elgin).

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (NKB) 5 October 1979

On a shoulder of open moorland 160m N of the Abhainn Allt Astail, and about 800m S of the earthwork at Gleann Bun an Easa (RCAHMS 1984, No.452), there is a roughly circular enclosure which may be the remains of a hut-circle. Situated in the angle formed by two recent boundary-dykes, the enclosure measures about 6m in diameter within a heather-covered, stony bank about 3m thick and not more than 0.3m high. The entrance probably lay on the E, where there is a pronounced dip in the bank; the short lengths of bank that flank the approach to this dip from the outside appear to be secondary. A linear bank of similar character and some 10m in length, which lies 5 m to the N and is apparently truncated by the adjacent boundary-dykes, may possibly be part of a field-system contemporary with the enclosure.

May 1980



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