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Tulach Bad a'Choilich, hut circles, settlement and cairns 400m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1974 / 58°11'50"N

Longitude: -3.5248 / 3°31'29"W

OS Eastings: 310469

OS Northings: 924191

OS Grid: ND104241

Mapcode National: GBR K7N1.XTN

Mapcode Global: WH5DG.T7Q4

Entry Name: Tulach Bad a'Choilich, hut circles, settlement and cairns 400m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 19 August 1974

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3475

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; Secular: settlement, including deserted,

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises a group of at least 6 prehistoric hut circles or enclosures, 2 later rectangular foundations, traces of field walling and a scatter of field clearance cairns. It was partially scheduled in 1974, as two separate groups of small protected areas, but these were inadequate to cover even the most visible of these archaeological remains. This extension rectifies the situation.

The monument lies on a hill shoulder which protrudes into Strath Cuil from the E, at a height of between 320m and 400m above sea level. The hut circles are round or oval on plan, and measure between 8m and 13m across. 5 of the six lie in the S end of the area proposed for scheduling, together with a small number of field clearance cairns. The 6th hut circle lies towards the N end, and is bracketed by 2 later, rectangular, dwelling foundations. This northern area has rather more field clearance cairns and also traces of boundary walling. All of the remains are covered by moorland heather.

The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan. It measures a maximum of 420m NW-SE by 320m NNE-SSW, to include all of the features mentioned above and an area between and around them in which evidence relating to their construction and use is likely to survive. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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