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Loch Vatachan

Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Enclosure (Post Medieval), Field System (Prehistoric), Hut Circle (Prehistoric), Sheepfold (Post Medieval)

Site Name Loch Vatachan

Classification Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Enclosure (Post Medieval), Field System (Prehistoric), Hut Circle (Prehistoric), Sheepfold (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 4490

Site Number NC01SW 4

NGR NC 0221 1087

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lochbroom
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty


Field Visit (17 July 1974)

NC01SW 4 0221 1087.

At NC 0236 1099 is a circular stone-walled enclosure, almost certainly a hut circle. It measures c. 13.5m in diameter between the centres of a wall, obscured by peat in the NW, tumbled down a slope in the SW, and spread to 2.0m elsewhere. The entrance is in the SE on the uphill side. To the S and W are a few stone clearance heaps and ruinous walls, probably from contemporary cultivation. 180m to the SW at NC 0221 1088 is a platform c. 7.0m in diameter strewn with stones, which could be another severely mutilated hut.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (A A) 17 July 1974.

Field Visit (10 August 1994)

One hut-circle, an enclosure, a sheepfold, a field-system and some small cairns are situated to the E of the public road to Achiltibuie.

Situated at the lower end of the site and a short distance from the road, there is a hut-circle, which measures 5.7m in diameter within a stony bank spread to 1.1m in thickness and standing up to 0.3m high. A stone-built pen has been built on the hut-circle making (ACHIL94 556, NC 0221 1087).

The enclosure, which may be a collapsed sheepfold, is situated at the front of a terrace c.190m NE of the hut-circle (NC 0236 1097). The enclosure occupies a low rise, over which the enclosure is built, giving the impression of a raised interior platform. It measures 11.5m in diameter within a faced-rubble wall 1.2m thick and up to 0.4m high with an entrance on the SSE. The SW arc is built-up and the bank which stands c.0.2m high for most of its arc, rises to 0.4m on either side of the entrance.

The field-system extends NE from the hut-circle for about 100m by about 65m transversely, forming one main enclosure defined by low stony banks, with a subsiduary enclosure on its N side, with fragmentary traces of further banks to the E. Small cairns are scattered across the field-system, but more are located to the E of the field and the present sheepfold.

(ACHIL94 555-6)

Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 10 August 1994


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