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Clach Oscar, shielings west of

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Latitude: 57.228 / 57°13'40"N

Longitude: -6.0464 / 6°2'47"W

OS Eastings: 155870

OS Northings: 822507

OS Grid: NG558225

Mapcode National: GBR C9GM.77Y

Mapcode Global: WGZ93.3L19

Entry Name: Clach Oscar, shielings W of

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7847

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Strath

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a group of shielings located on sloping ground to the south of the Allt Aigeinn.

The W group of shielings includes at least 24 individual structures, while the E group includes around 43. The individual shielings vary in shape and size, from boat-shaped structures up to 5m by 3m in area, to small stone-lined structures of oval and rectangular form. Some more complex shielings have two or more distinct chambers. Excavation of one shieling in the W group produced both prehistoric and medieval dates.

The area to be scheduled is in two irregularly-shaped parts; the W part is a maximum of 195m NW-SE by 70m SW-NE, while the E area is a maximum of 365m E-W by 190m N-S, to include the shielings and areas between and around them in which deposits associated with the construction and use of the shielings are likely to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential contribution to an understanding of the social life and agricultural organisation of medieval and post medieval communities on Skye, the excavated evidence suggests unusual medieval usage for the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 52 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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