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Druim Baile Fuir

Stone Circle (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Druim Baile Fuir

Classification Stone Circle (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Gruids Wood; Grudie Burn

Canmore ID 5074

Site Number NC50SE 13

NGR NC 5604 0295

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NC50SE 13 5604 0295.

A stone circle is situated towards the W side of the moor at Druim Baile Fiur, near the edge of the bank which slopes towards the Grudie Burn, and about 60ft E of the cairn (NC50SE 18). It has been formed of ten stones, of which nine remain in situ or fallen, and one has been removed. The circle is irregular in form, as several of the stones are evidently out of position, especially towards the NE, but it appears to have had a diameter of about 88ft.

RCAHMS 1911.

NC 560 029. 25.0m NNE of the cairn NC50SE 18, are three stones apparently set in an arc, but they cannot with certainty be identified as the remains of the circle described above. The other stones may have been removed when the area was ploughed and afforested. Lying on the slope at the foot of the cairn just mentioned, are several large boulders; they appear to have been dumped there within recent years.

Visited by OS (R D L) 26 June 1963.

At NC 5604 0295 are two, earthfast boulder slabs almost certainly part of the stone circle. They correspond, in distance and bearing to the most northerly and the second one S from it of the planned stones that are shown in situ: no other stones were located. The S stone, irregularly-shaped and narrowing at the top, stands to 0.8m and is 0.5m by 0.5m; the other, of more even form, stands to 0.8m and is 0.4m by 0.8m, the broader face on a roughly ENE-WSW axis.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (J M) 31 August 1976.

Scheduled (with NC50SE 1, NC50SE 5, NC50SE 16, NC50SE 17, NC50SE 18, NC50SE 23 ) as Druim Baile Fuir, stone circle, cairns, hut circles and enclosure.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 11 March 2002.


Field Visit (20 July 2012 - 30 August 2012)

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey were carried out 20 July – 30 August 2012 on 29 sites in the North Highland Forest District. The work was undertaken in order to update existing monument management plans with new detailed site descriptions, condition reports, fixed point photography and plans (RCAHMS Level 4) of 25 scheduled monuments and one unscheduled monument. Three additional scheduled monuments were surveyed in greater detail, (RCAHMS Level 1). Recommendations were also made for the conservation management of the sites. The sites visited and surveyed were:

NH 728 784 (SAM 4760) Provost’s Well homestead and enclosure

NC 688 348 (SAM 2513) Noc na h’Iolaire hut circles and clearance cairns

NC 557 027 (SAM 1784) Ruim Baile Fuir stone circle, cairns, hut circles and enclosure

NC 679 390 (SAM 1779) Lach an Righ stone circle

NC 600 149 (SAM 5401) Loch Beag na Fuaralachd prehistoric settlement

NC 623 139 (SAM 5084) Achadh nan Eun shieling

NC 597 149 (SAM 5081) Loch Beag na Fuaralachd cairn and shielings

ND 212 372 (SAM 573) Rumster Broch

NH 786 942 (SAM 5484) Glen Cottage long cairn

ND 205 374 (SAM 550) Golsary Broch

NC 602 146 (SAM 5159) Loch Beag na Fuaralachd shielings

NH 730 798 (SAM 4752) Carn Liath long cairn

NH 731 786 (SAM 4743) Provost’s Well hut circles and field system

NC 689 392 (SAM 2517) Meall a Choire Bhuidhe hut circles

NH 772 926 (SAM 5573) Proncy hut circle

NC 696 334 (SAM 2519) Cnoc Airigh an Leathaid hut circles

NH 681 942 (SAM 4505) Creagan Reamhan farmstead, kiln and fields

NH 728 767 (SAM 2916) Scotsburn Wood cairn

NH 747 780 (SAM 3129) Lamington Park cairn

NH 734 834 (SAM 4763) Redburn Cottage long cairn

NH 396 628 (SAM 2720) Little Garve Bridge

NC 604 124 (SAM 5161) Meall Meadhonach sheepfold

NC 608 112 (SAM 4560) Meall Meadhonach hut circles, field system and shielings

NC 687 370 (SAM 2514) Cnoc na Gamnha hut circles, burnt mound and clearance cairns

NC 619 124 (SAM 5093) Meall Meadhonach settlement and shielings

NH 782 944 (SAM 1885) Skelbo Wood Broch

NC 591 103 (SAM 1829) Altbreck Broch

NC 592 102 (SAM 5563) Altbreck homestead

NC 571 067 Ferry Wood Broch

Funder: Forestry Commission Scotland

Steven Birch, West Coast Archaeological Services

Lynn Fraser, Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Mary Peteranna, 2012


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