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Cairn (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Site Name Dalnessie

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Dalchork South; Loch Beag Na Fuaralachd

Canmore ID 5531

Site Number NC61SW 4

NGR NC 600 147

NGR Description Centred NC 600 147

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NC61SW 4 centred 600 147

Extends onto map sheet NC51SE.

Centred on NC 600 147 are the earth and stone footings of nine shieling bothies, rectangular to sub-oval in shape with dimensions ranging from 5.0m by 3.0m to 8.0m by 4.0m. There are inconclusive remains of

further structures. There is no hut circle.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 28 October 1980

There are ten sheiling bothies, another being added at NC 5982 1493.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 17 June 1981.

(NC 599 149) Deserted Settlement 'A' is a boulder circle, 12ft across with attached enclosures in the wall of one of which is a stone standing 4ft high and measuring 2ft across the base. Charcoal was found on removing turf from the centre of the circle. 'B' is a kiln at the end of a rectangular structure. About 45.0m east of 'B' is a circular boulder foundation, about 10ft across. Some 20ft SE of this is a small rectangular structure 14ft by 8ft. All along the north bank of Feith Osdail are similar circular and oval stone settings.

Visited by OS (JLD) 30 April 1961.

The features noted in the previous report appear to be shielings; the classification of 'B' as a kiln is uncertain. (See NC61SW 4)

Visited by OS (NKB) 20 September 1976.

NC 601 147. A number of structures and shielings, some arguable, and a questionable hut circle.

R J Mercer 1980.

Scheduled as 'Loch Beag na Fuaralachd, shielings... a Post Medieval settlement of at least 5 structures... in a forestry clearing.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 14 October 1991.


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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