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Beehive Shielings in Morsgail Forest (Gearraidh Bheinn Na Gile), Isle of Lewis

A Category B Listed Building in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.0758 / 58°4'32"N

Longitude: -6.8671 / 6°52'1"W

OS Eastings: 113158

OS Northings: 919993

OS Grid: NB131199

Mapcode National: GBR 97FC.WY6

Mapcode Global: WGX2C.H85V

Plus Code: 9CCM34GM+84

Entry Name: Beehive Shielings in Morsgail Forest (Gearraidh Bheinn Na Gile), Isle of Lewis

Listing Name: Beehive Shielings, in Morsgail Forest

Listing Date: 31 March 1993

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352748

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18654

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Parish: Uig

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Group of corbelled "bee-hive" type sheilings, built in remote moorland close to a stream, above Abhainn a Loin. Only one cell had roof intact at time of inspection (1989). Building date not know, but likely to pre-date population clearances of 19th century; they represent an ancient building technique, using the only materials available to hand to construct effective weatherproof shelters.

Principally, a group of 3 adjoining cells, the outer 2 now with roofs fallen/knocked in; inner cell surviving - it has 2 flat-lintelled low entrances, one (the lower) west-facing, the other opening in to the intercommunicating southmost cell. Built of undressed rubble, neatly-built when seen from inside, part covered with soil/torves, possibly thickly-turved when in use.

Statement of Interest

Intended only for seasonal use, when beasts were taken to upland grazing.

Footings of other buildings are nearby, to west; bridge to south west with drystone abutments and timber planks probably built for sporting purposes, rather than in association with the shielings, though a pre-existing access way might have led to its being located here.

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