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Loch Beag na Fuaralachd,shielings 1000m south west of south west end of

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

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Latitude: 58.0989 / 58°5'56"N

Longitude: -4.3736 / 4°22'25"W

OS Eastings: 260195

OS Northings: 914673

OS Grid: NC601146

Mapcode National: GBR H7KB.5B1

Mapcode Global: WH3B5.SPHN

Entry Name: Loch Beag na Fuaralachd,shielings 1000m SW of SW end of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5159

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


This Post Medieval settlement consists of at least five structures preserved in a forestry clearing. Three of these are circular or oval, including one well defined circle of stones. One structure is rectangular and a further example is irregular in form. The structures vary from 7m by 4m to 6m by 15m and represent the remains of small Medieval/Post Medieval buildings of 'shieling' type.

They 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 settlement was probably occupied over a long period of time and this is indicated by the varying condition of survival of the buildings.

The area proposed for scheduling measures a maximum of 170m N-S and 180m E-W to include all of the surviving buildings, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved Post Medieval settlement. The site has the potential to contribute to understanding of Post Medieval domestic life and agriculture. The settlement is also of potential significance for an understanding of the process of Clearance in this part of the Highlands. The site is one of an important group of Post Medieval settlements to the north of Lairg.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 61 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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