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Latitude: 57.4778 / 57°28'40"N
Longitude: -7.2965 / 7°17'47"W
OS Eastings: 82661
OS Northings: 855447
OS Grid: NF826554
Mapcode National: GBR 88CY.YHQ
Mapcode Global: WGW3X.W9MS
Plus Code: 9C9JFPH3+49
Entry Name: Taigh Curstaig, 1 Kyles Flodda, Isle of Benbecula
Listing Name: Taigh Curstaig, 1 Caolas Fhlodaigh, Beinn na Faoghla / Taigh Curstaig, 1 Kyles Flodda, Isle of Benbecula
Listing Date: 15 January 1980
Last Amended: 24 March 2021
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 352889
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18752
Building Class: Cultural
Location: South Uist
County: Na h-Eileanan Siar
Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath
Parish: South Uist
Traditional County: Inverness-shire
These vernacular buildings, once prolific across Na h-Eileanan Siar, are now extremely rare. Taigh Curstaig continues to show regional traditional building methods and materials and retains a significant proportion of its historic fabric and footprint, vernacular form and character. Notable features include the thick rubble walls and a marram thatched roof secured with ropes and stone weights.
It is one of only 54 buildings or groups of buildings in Na h-Eileanan Siar that are known to retain an intact thatched roof, and is among a very small number of surviving thatched buildings across Scotland. A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, published in 2016 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), found there were only around 200 buildings of this type remaining, most of which are found in small rural communities. Thatched buildings are often traditionally built, showing distinctive local and regional building methods and materials. Those that survive are important in helping us understand these traditional skills and an earlier way of life.
Statutory address and listed building record revised in 2021 as part of the Thatched Buildings Listing Review. Previously listed as 'Benbecula, 1 Kyles Flodda'.