Scheduled Monument

Heilam, hut circle 450m ENE ofSM3854

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse
Local Authority
NC 45900 60360
245900, 960360


The monument comprises a stone hut, probably of later prehistoric date, situated at c37m OD in heather moorland. The site was originally scheduled in July 1976, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the current scheduling resolves this.

The monument is of the type normally referred to as a hut circle. It consists of a stone bank enclosing an area 10.3m in diameter, 0.3m high and up to 1.4m wide. The entrance is to the NE, around 1.5m wide, featuring the slight remains of an out-turned bank on the southern side.

The area now to be scheduled is circular on plan, approximately 35m in diameter. This scheduling includes the features described above, as well as an area within which evidence for the construction and use of the site is likely to survive, as marked on the accompanying map extract in red.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of highland prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to a number of other potentially contemporary monuments. Together they provide the opportunity for the history of the landscape to be explored.



The monument is referred to as one of two hut circles (hut circle A) by RCAHMS as NC46SE 3.



Sabine K 1980, 'Durness, hut circles', DISCOVERY EXCAV SCOT 19.

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