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Cairnerzean,hut circle 830m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9616 / 54°57'41"N

Longitude: -4.9054 / 4°54'19"W

OS Eastings: 214088

OS Northings: 566863

OS Grid: NX140668

Mapcode National: GBR GH8L.FT2

Mapcode Global: WH2S2.MK96

Entry Name: Cairnerzean,hut circle 830m SW of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5115

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Inch

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


This hut circle is situated on a terrace on the E side of Cairnerzean Fell. It is visible as cropped grass and moss with heather, particularly on the banks, amongst the uniform coarse grass of the terrace. It measures 8m in diameter and the wall is 0.4m high. There is also a larger enclosure around it, clearance cairns, a large elongated oval mound of stones 10.8m by 5.8m to the SW and a shieling hut on the enclosure bank NW of the hut circle.

The area proposed for scheduling is a 150m square centred on the hut circle. This includes all the elements described above and an area around and between them in which activities associated with their construction, use and relationships may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as a group of construction remains of different periods displaying physical relationships and close associations. They preserve information which will help us to understand the use and settlement of the marginal land, the retreat from it and past recognition of, attitudes to and re-use f older monuments.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 16 NW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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