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Southern (Heather Thatched) Barn, Mains Of Applecross, Applecross

A Category B Listed Building in Applecross, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.431 / 57°25'51"N

Longitude: -5.8135 / 5°48'48"W

OS Eastings: 171185

OS Northings: 844273

OS Grid: NG711442

Mapcode National: GBR D902.RWS

Mapcode Global: WGZ87.NHW5

Plus Code: 9C9PC5JP+9H

Entry Name: Southern (Heather Thatched) Barn, Mains Of Applecross, Applecross

Listing Name: Applecross Mains Top Barns

Listing Date: 31 August 1983

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330748

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB462

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Applecross

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Parish: Applecross

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

Late 18th century, pair of hay/threshing barns. Both
orientated north/south; northern barn possibly the older.
Both of coursed drystone, square rubble; low walls with
marked external batter, wide wall vents filled with rough
vertical half-cut staves, replacing former wattling; centre
windowing doorways; piended roofs.
Northern barn; measures 55' x 19' with 5'6" wallhead height;
corrugated iron roof; modern silage pit falls floor space.
Southern barn; measures 62'6" x 19' with 6'9" wallhead
height; thatched roof over felt; cemented floor.

Statement of Interest

Very unusual pair barns, showing strong Hebridean influence

in their walling Dating difficult, but could well be earlier

than late 18th century in view of earlier Applecross House.

Appear on undated, but probably earlier 19th century, estate

maps in Applecross House, on which the Mains appears as

Borrodale. Barns would originally have heather thatched the

heavy roofs borne by pairs of crucks (couples) standing on

the cills of the wide vents. Similar barns in Kintail and the

Gairloch.

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