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Balvattan, settlement and field system, Rothiemurchus

A Scheduled Monument in Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland

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Latitude: 57.1582 / 57°9'29"N

Longitude: -3.7954 / 3°47'43"W

OS Eastings: 291496

OS Northings: 808907

OS Grid: NH914089

Mapcode National: GBR K90S.S64

Mapcode Global: WH5KC.NBVT

Entry Name: Balvattan, settlement and field system, Rothiemurchus

Scheduled Date: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9338

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Badenoch and Strathspey

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a very extensive later prehistoric settlement.

At least 12 hut circles lie scattered on the E and NE slopes of Hill of Tullochgrue, to the E of Balvattan. The hut circles are in the order of 11m to 13m in overall diameter, and generally sit on slight terraces or shelves. Surrounding them is a field system, in a variable state of preservation and visibility, formed of lines of small fields, defined by clearance cairns and occasional ruined stretches of walling. Where it can be determined, plot sizes of 20m to 30m across are the norm.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of about 850m NNE-SSW by a maximum of 500m due E-W, and is very irregular on plan, bounded in only a few places by fence lines and track edges. All existing roads, estate tracks and fences within the scheduling area are to be excluded from scheduling, to simplify maintenance. The area is shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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