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Allt Ach' A' Bhathaich

Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Allt Ach' A' Bhathaich

Classification Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 6601

Site Number NC81SW 12

NGR NC 825 120

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC81SW 12 825 120.

(Centred NC 825 120) Hut Circle (NR) (7 shown A-G)

OS 6"map, (1969)

On the E bank of the Allt Ach nam Bathaich (Allt Ach' a' Bhathaich), about 1 1/2 miles from the River Brora, are a number of hut circles and small mounds. Most of the former are overgrown with heather, but appear to be of simple oval or pear-shaped type, with banks of earth and stone about 5ft wide, and an entrance from the SE. (This description includes those huts centred NC 817 130. NC81SW 28).

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

A settlement of six oval and circular stone-walled huts (A-F) is situated on an undulating S-facing slope. All the huts are well preserved and of similar construction, with walls spread to an average of 2.5m thick; in hut C the wall is 3.0m thick widening to 4.0m at the "club-shaped" entrance. Occasional inner and outer facing stones on edge can be seen as well as some portal stones defining the entrances which occur in the S or SE arc. The smallest hut is 8.0m by 6.0m internally, the largest 11.0m in internal diameter.

Cultivation is restricted to scattered areas of cleared ground confined to dry rises, with associated stone clearance heaps visible.

'G', published as a hut on OS 6"map at NC 8245 1180, is a knoll onto which clearance has been piled.

Revised at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (R D L) 1 May 1964 and (N K B) 23 December 1975.


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