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Loch Ach' An Lochaidh

Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Site Name Loch Ach' An Lochaidh

Classification Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Heilam

Canmore ID 4965

Site Number NC46SE 3

NGR NC 458 603

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NC46SE 3 458 603.

(A: NC 4590 6036; B: NC 4588 6025) Hut Circles (NR)

OS 6" map, (1961)

'A' is a hut circle, noted by the RCAHMS (RCAHMS 1911) , and consisting of a stone bank 10.3m in diameter, 0.3m high and spread to a width of 1.4m. The entrance, 1.5m wide, is on the NE and has slight remains of an out-turned bank on the S side.

'B', unnoted by the RCAHMS, is a hut circle consisting of an earth-and-stone bank 11.0m in diameter and 0.4m high, spread to a width of 2.0m. The entrance, in the E, is 1.5m wide and has a large flanking stone on the N side.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (W D J) 21 April 1960.

At NC 458 603, on gently sloping ground S of Loch Ach 'an Lochaidh, are two hut circles. A and B are as described above. Areas around the huts appear to have been cleared of stones, and there are some scattered clearance heaps which are probably contemporary, but there is later land-use indicated by a sinuous field wall. No cultivation plots are visible.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 28 November 1978.

NC 458602 A hut, 12m in diameter, in poor condition.

NC 459602 A hut, 8m in diameter, in good condition; both additional to those already noted by OS.

Surveyed at 1:1000

K Sabine 1980.

(Scheduling no. 3854: location indicated at NC 4589 6035). Scheduled as 'Heilam, hut circle 450m ENE of... a stone hut... situated at around 37m OD, in heather moorland.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 8 March 2004.


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