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Achinnearin, souterrain and enclosure south of Suisgill Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1841 / 58°11'2"N

Longitude: -3.8674 / 3°52'2"W

OS Eastings: 290293

OS Northings: 923214

OS Grid: NC902232

Mapcode National: GBR J7T3.36Z

Mapcode Global: WH4C5.KKMC

Entry Name: Achinnearin, souterrain and enclosure S of Suisgill Lodge

Scheduled Date: 10 December 1934

Last Amended: 1 December 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1826

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house; Secular: settlement, including deserted

Location: Kildonan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises a late prehistoric earth-house or souterrain plus a later oblong enclosure and the remains of a post-medieval crofthouse. The souterrain itself is already scheduled, but this extension includes the whole of the area in which archaeological remains associated with it are likely to survive.

The souterrain enters under the SE corner of the bank of a more recent enclosure, which has, projecting from its east bank, two converging spurs which may represent the remains of a hut-circle. The souterrain entrance is about 0.65m wide, and slopes down, curving sharply to the SE for 1m, at which distance the roofing begins. From this point it runs S for 7m and then curves to run WSW for a further 6m. It widens inwards to a point about 11m along, where it is about 1.4m wide and high.

The enclosure from which the souterrain is entered has a raised interior, under which contemporary structural remains may be concealed. Likewise, the ruined croft house and outbuildings immediately to the W, which are later than the enclosure, may lie over earlier remains. For this reason, both the enclosure and these ruined buildings are to be included in the new scheduled area, which is a circle 40m in diameter, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract. This circle is drawn with its edge 1m beyond the N end of the enclosure so as to exclude the electricity tower which lies 2m N of the end of the enclosure.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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