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Loch Tigh na Creige,sheepfold 300m north west of north east corner of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.0542 / 58°3'15"N

Longitude: -4.3428 / 4°20'33"W

OS Eastings: 261842

OS Northings: 909633

OS Grid: NC618096

Mapcode National: GBR H7NF.MGV

Mapcode Global: WH3BD.8T8F

Entry Name: Loch Tigh na Creige,sheepfold 300m NW of NE corner of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5160

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: enclosure

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

The monument consists of a well preserved sheepfold with associated enclosures. The low drystone wall of the sheepfold is overgrown with turf and heather, encloses an area about 12m in diameter and has a SE entrance. Walls run off from the sheepfold to S and N and may form

small subsiduary sheepfolds or shepherds huts.

The area to be scheduled measures 30m N-S and 20m E-W, to cover the sheepfold and the subsiduary enclosures to N and S, as shown in red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved and complex example of a sheepfold, a common but little-studied type of structure. The monument incorporates important information on Post-Medieval farming practices. Sheepfolds were constructed throughout the Post-Medieval and Modern periods, and presumably earlier. The state of preservation of this example may indicate a comparatively early date. This sheepfold is one of an important group of Post-Medieval sites and structures to the north of Lairg.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NC60NW 59.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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