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Loch Roe, Horizontal Water Mill

Watermill(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Loch Roe, Horizontal Water Mill

Classification Watermill(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 89519

Site Number NC02SE 13

NGR NC 07059 24203

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NC02SE 13 070 242

Formerly duplicated under NC02SE 26

An unroofed building is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet lxix), but it is not shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10.000 map (1971).

Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 8 September 1995

Greatly reduced remains of horizontal watermill - traces still evident.

13-14.11. - 1986


Field Visit (9 December 2009)

HLP 81A (NC 07059 24203)

A mill is situated at the south-east end of Loch Roe just above the beach head. A number of posts are visible along the beach head at low tide. Large boulders form the remains of diminished walls measuring up to 1.2m by 0.5m and 1.3m high, surviving to two courses in height. The mill is aligned N/S with an entrance opening in the west wall. The lade runs through the north end of the mill; although it is greatly filled in, it would appaear to have driven a vertical wheel. It turns to the north and rejoins the burn before entering Loch Roe.

An enhanced promontory to the immediate north-west of the mill on the beach-head appears to have been constructed in order to divert the mouth of the burn into Loch Roe. From the south the promontory is protected from erosion by a series of weirs and a dam.

Site 81B (NC 07059 24203)

Situated on heather moorland upstream on a burn that flows into the south-east end of Loch Roe, fed by Loch Dubh to the east are the remains of a horizontal mill. Varied rubble is used in crude but sturdy walls which are too spread to clearly see any structural form or any possible entrance.

The banks of the burn have been modified to the east and west of the mill to guide the burn through and out of the mill. The mill lies either side of the burn with the greater portion positioned on the north bank of the burn. This site may have been superseded by a larger vertical wheel driven mill (HLP 81A).

(HLP 81)

Assynt's Hidden Lives Project 2009


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