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Bridge of Broubster,limekilns 1450m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5251 / 58°31'30"N

Longitude: -3.6351 / 3°38'6"W

OS Eastings: 304871

OS Northings: 960820

OS Grid: ND048608

Mapcode National: GBR K6D6.1LL

Mapcode Global: WH5BP.4Z8G

Entry Name: Bridge of Broubster,limekilns 1450m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5306

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: kiln, furnace, oven; Secular: kiln

Location: Halkirk

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument consists of the foundations of 2 lime kilns and traces of quarrying on open heather moorland. The larger of the 2 lime kilns is about 5m in diameter with 2 opposed entrances and with remains of a flue to the S. The kiln has tumbled stone grass-covered walls about 70cm high. The second kiln is very small, being about 1.5m in diameter and with an entrance to the N.

The walls of this kiln are also of grass-covered tumbled stone. There is an area of quarrying to the E of the kilns and a number of low mounds of spoil in the surrounding area. The area to be scheduled measures 75m NNW-SSE, by 60m ESE-WNW, to include the remains of the 2 kilns, the quarrying and the spoil heaps, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of post medieval industry in this area of northern Scotland. Important evidence for the structure of both kilns survives on this site. Lime kilns are rare in this area of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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