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Achadh nan Eun, shielings

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

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Latitude: 58.0813 / 58°4'52"N

Longitude: -4.3323 / 4°19'56"W

OS Eastings: 262564

OS Northings: 912625

OS Grid: NC625126

Mapcode National: GBR H7PC.D98

Mapcode Global: WH3BD.F47N

Entry Name: Achadh nan Eun, shielings

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5154

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Rogart

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a number of small Post-Medieval houses and other features. At least four small rectangular houses survive and there are traces of two additional possible rectangular buildings. These buildings vary in size from 6 by 4m to 27 by 7m. There are also possible linear earthworks on this site.

This would appear to represent part of a 'cottar town', many of which were destroyed during the Clearances of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The complexity of the remains may indicate that the site was occupied over a long period of time.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 600m N-S by 250m E-W, to include the rectangular buildings, linear earthworks and other structures, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of medieval and post medieval settlement and agriculture and also the process of clearance in this area of Sutherland. The site is one of an important group of post medieval settlements to the north of Lairg.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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