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Allt Beinn Ratha

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

Site Name Allt Beinn Ratha

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

Canmore ID 7365

Site Number NC96SE 42

NGR NC 9550 6320

NGR Description NC 9550 6320 and NC 9550 6320

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Reay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

NC96SE 9550 6320 to 9551 6313.

At NC 9550 6320 and NC 9551 6313, on a moorland rise, are two hut circles (A and B respectively). A number of stony heaps in the vicinity of the huts, and on the slope round to the N, denote associated field clearance.

'A', turf and bracken-covered, measures 8.0 by 7.0m within a wall spread on average to 2.5m by 0.4m high; the entrance is in the S on the line of the main axis. Large stones are noted in the hut build. Springing from the interior of the N arc of the hut is an arc of rubble forming a compartment approximately 3.0m in diameter. The relationship between the hut and the compartment is uncertain.

'B', set back in the slope and heather-covered, measures about 7.5m in diameter internally; the entrance has been in the now generally much reduced SW sector. The wall where best preserved is a stony spread of 2.5m by 0.3m high.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 5 August 1981

Two hut-circles and an area of field clearance were noted during a pre-afforestation survey of Sandside Estate. The N hut-circle lies about 20m to the SW of the sheepfold (NC96SE 102) comprises a stony bank with an entrance on the S. The second hut-circle lies about 35m further S and has a heather-covered stony bank with an entrance on the SW. There are a number of clearance cairns and a sinuous field boundary to the S.

C Dagg 13 October 1998; NMRS MS 1008/3, no.20


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