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Loch Gille-ghoid,cave settlement north of

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.6301 / 57°37'48"N

Longitude: -7.0987 / 7°5'55"W

OS Eastings: 95779

OS Northings: 871460

OS Grid: NF957714

Mapcode National: GBR 88VK.CBV

Mapcode Global: WGW37.XHV2

Entry Name: Loch Gille-ghoid,cave settlement N of

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5856

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: cave

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Mid 19th century with later 19th century additions. 2-storey, basement and later attic 3-bay rectangular-plan villa with later additions to rear and side. Painted render over stugged ashlar with polished dressings. Tall ashlar base course; architraved windows; eaves band and cornice.

NW (FRONT) ELEVATION: pilastered doorway to centre accessed by steps with bull-faced rubble balustrade and later railings, Roman Doric porch with entablature and balustraded parapet; window at 1st floor. Outer bays with 3-storey canted bays (later additions) with piend roofs; segmental-arched windows at basement level. Modern box dormer.

NE ELEVATION: 3-bay with regular fenestration and fire escape stair. 6-bay late 19th century service wing to left with segmental-arched pend and regular fenestration. Modern box dormer.

SW ELEVATION: as above with large single storey modern addition. Modern box dormer.

Timber sash and case windows, mostly plate glass glazing, some 12-pane to rear block. Piended slate roof with lead flashings. Moulded eaves gutter.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare survival of a largely undisturbed cave occupation site, which may contain evidence, accessible to excavation and analysis, relating to domestic organisation and material culture from the Iron Age onwards. Its unusually secluded location and hidden character suggest it may have been used as a refuge or hiding place and further research may reveal the date and possibly the context of such activity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Shown on 1856 OS map, rear wing and canted bays shown on 1897 OS map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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