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Cracknie,souterrain and settlement

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

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Latitude: 58.4264 / 58°25'34"N

Longitude: -4.2866 / 4°17'11"W

OS Eastings: 266561

OS Northings: 950941

OS Grid: NC665509

Mapcode National: GBR H6SG.95V

Mapcode Global: WH38P.4G0M

Entry Name: Cracknie,souterrain and settlement

Scheduled Date: 26 April 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5663

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house; Secular: settlement, including deserted

Location: Farr

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a souterrain and a post medieval settlement on a NE-facing slope. The souterrain is almost intact. The entrance is marked by a hollow and a number of large stones, including one fallen cap stone. The full length of the souterrain is about 14.3m.

It is an average of about 1.3m high and 1.1m wide, but the inner end is pear-shaped. The walls are carefully built without mortar and it is roofed with slabs overlapping each other. The post medieval settlement includes a long house, kiln barn and an area of enclosed infield with traces of rig and furrow. The souterrain is located within the enclosed infield of this settlement.

The area to be scheduled measures 270m NNW-SSE, by 105m WSW-ENE, to include the souterrain, post medieval buildings, enclosed infield and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the souterrain and settlement may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric and post medieval domestic life and architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 65 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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