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Loedebest,settlement 1300m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.271 / 58°16'15"N

Longitude: -3.4941 / 3°29'38"W

OS Eastings: 312456

OS Northings: 932344

OS Grid: ND124323

Mapcode National: GBR K6RV.S7H

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.9CDQ

Entry Name: Loedebest,settlement 1300m W of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5189

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This site is a post medieval settlement with the remains of 6 buildings, associated enclosures and an extensive area of rig cultivation. The 6 buildings include 4 which survive as turf-covered foundations and 2 better preserved structures. A fairly long period of occupation is probably indicated on this site. The enclosure to the E of the settlement is oval in shape.

Associated linear dykes and field systems occur on all sides of the settlement. The area to be scheduled measures 600m E-W by a maximum of 300m N-S, to include the buildings, other structures and the field system of this settlement, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to our understanding of post medieval settlement and land use and the process of the Clearances in this area of Caithness. The settlement appears to show evidence for a long phase of occupation. The less well preserved buildings may indicate an early phase of occupation on this site, while the buildings of the presumed later phase are well preserved and incorporate important architectural information.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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