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Loch Quoich

Gleanncosaidh, Loch Quoich - a project by M. Marshall

Site name and SMR or NMRS No.

Loch Quoich

NG 9641 0162

Site type/class

Situation and surroundings
Remote and at an altitude of 200m, on a steep south facing slope, at the intersection of Glen Cosaidh and the north shore of Loch Quoich.


Comprises 3 ruined buildings and 2 enclosures. Surrounded by the remains of an iron "deer-proof" fence. Generally rough heathland, with several small patches of improved land. Covers an area of roughly 1 hectare.

Upper building
Rectangular, E-W alignment, internal measurements 4.5m x 3m
- walls, well constructed and consistently to a height of 1.5m and width of 0.7m, squarish corners - entrance in S wall 1m wide, small window in west wall, 0.4 square metres.

Middle/Main building
Rectangular, E-W alignment, 2 compartments. Small stream to west.
East compartment, internal measurement 8m x 3m, walls variable in height from 1.5m to 0.2 (tumbled in places) width consistently of 0.6m, corners squarish, entrance in south wall with lintel at 1.5m, also window.
West compartment, internally 3m x 2.5m walls generally to 1.5m height, (tumbled in SW corner) and 0.6m width, small window, partially blocked in south wall.
A built-up terrace with a small escarpment and (in front of the entrance), a faced wall to 1m height lies in front of this building. Improved land lies down slope.

Lower building
Rectangular, E-W alignment, internally 5m x 2.5m.
- walls, more roughly constructed than previous 2 buildings, generally to height of 1- 1.5m but tumbled in SE corner, 0.5m in width, battered" to some extent. Corners rounded++
- possible remains of small platform and ? Entrance at SE corner
- improved ground to SW and enclosure to NW. Small stream to east.

- In NW - steeply sloping and SE facing, includes a shallower strip 30m x 7m next to the stream
- In east - triangular area, roughly 25m sides of easier SW facing ground. A constructed track way connects this to the main building (see plan).

General view of site from SSW

Upper building from SW

Main building from NW

Lower building from west

Possible sheep farmers' or watchmans' dwellings. The 2 upper buildings are obviously more recent. The lower building could be a former shieling reused. Two roofed buildings, 1 unroofed and 2 enclosures are marked on the 1st Ed OS map.

Recorder M. Marshall, 18.04.03. Weather conditions - bright and sunny.

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