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Grulin Uachdrach, depopulated settlement 500m SSW of An Sgurr, Eigg

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.8798 / 56°52'47"N

Longitude: -6.1784 / 6°10'42"W

OS Eastings: 145534

OS Northings: 784272

OS Grid: NM455842

Mapcode National: GBR CB4J.LSV

Mapcode Global: WGZBS.2B5P

Entry Name: Grulin Uachdrach, depopulated settlement 500m SSW of An Sgurr, Eigg

Scheduled Date: 23 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11002

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of the township of Grulin Uachdrach or Upper Grulin, a depopulated settlement of post-medieval date, possibly overlying an earlier settlement.

The monument lies in a very hummocky area of rough grassland, between 50m OD and 100m OD. The township is located on a rise running NE-SW, a low sea cliff forming the boundary to the SW and steeply rising moorland to the NE. To the NW and SE of the dwellings are areas of more easily cultivated ground displaying lazybed cultivation traces. The township comprises one roofed building (which is in occasional use and is excluded from this scheduling), at least 25 unroofed buildings, at least 4 distinct enclosures and parts of a field system.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which evidence relating to their construction and occupation is likely to survive. It is oblong on plan and measures 310m NE-SW by a maximum 190m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The roofed building in the E part of the scheduling area is excluded, together with its small outhouse.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of post-medieval rural settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NM48SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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