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Gruids Wood

Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cairnfield (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Gruids Wood

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cairnfield (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Druim Baile Fuir

Canmore ID 5085

Site Number NC50SE 23

NGR NC 5620 0307

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC50SE 23 5620 0307.

(NC 5620 0307) Cairn (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

This cairn, elliptical in outline, and with its longest axis E and W measuring 54 x 37ft, is some 6ft in height. It has been disturbed in the centre, but no cist or chamber has been exposed. About eight small mounds lie to the E of it.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

Generally as described above, this featurelss cairn of bare stones measures 14 x 10.0m. The mounds to the E are field clearance heaps.

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

The cairn is set on a rise high in a wooded hillside facing E. It shows as a flattened oval mound of bare stone standing to 1.0m, the periphery obscured by tumble and overgrowth, but the estimated diameters 15.0m E-W by 11.0m transversely. No structural features are apparent. The mounds are no longer in evidence, probably destroyed by deep ploughing and afforestation.

Revised at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (J M) 31 August 1976.

Scheduled (with NC50SE 1, NC50SE 5, NC50SE 13, NC50SE 17, NC50SE 18 ) 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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