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Dalnessie, settlement north of Feith Osdail

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.0998 / 58°5'59"N

Longitude: -4.3415 / 4°20'29"W

OS Eastings: 262095

OS Northings: 914700

OS Grid: NC620147

Mapcode National: GBR H7N9.VFY

Mapcode Global: WH3B6.8PW0

Entry Name: Dalnessie, settlement N of Feith Osdail

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4563

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a complex of foundations of more than 30 small rectangular houses and subcircular enclosures, including a few larger multiperiod house foundations up to 15m long and a modern sheepfold. The complex stretches over 400m along the side of the hill. There are patches of lazybedding interspersed with the structures. The monument includes the southern edge of a prehistoric cairnfield and a single roundhouse measuring 10m by 8.5m internally over a rubble bank spread to 2m in width and up to 0.3m high. The area to be scheduled measures 580m ENE/WSW by up to 250m transversely with its northern boundary defined by the edge of the modern forestry plantation as delineated in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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