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Latitude: 58.9276 / 58°55'39"N
Longitude: -3.2671 / 3°16'1"W
OS Eastings: 327150
OS Northings: 1005168
OS Grid: HY271051
Mapcode National: GBR L594.83R
Mapcode Global: WH6B1.SVFX
Plus Code: 9CCRWPHM+25
Entry Name: Scarrataing, Graemsay
Listing Name: Graemsay, Scarrataing
Listing Date: 16 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393660
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46370
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Hoy and Graemsay
County: Orkney Islands
Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles
Parish: Hoy And Graemsay
Traditional County: Orkney
Mid 19th century with later alterations. Single storey, 3-bay rectangular-plan symmetrical cottage with square-plan entrance porch. Coursed rubble; concrete porch. Derelict rubble farm buildings sited to E of main cottage.
E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window in porch in bay to centre; window in left return, doorway in right return; deep-set, boarded door to main cottage. Window in each bay flanking.
W (REAR) ELEVATION: window set to outer left.
S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window set to left; gablehead stack above.
N (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank. with concavity of former kiln remaining, (see Notes).
Fixed 4-pane, timber-framed windows; timber-framed windows to porch. Turf-over-flagstone roof; roofless porch; rubble corniced gablehead stacks.
INTERIOR: fine, relatively unaltered interior; flagstone floors; original fire surrounds extant; intact box bed to central dividing wall and to N wall with folding timber panelled doors.
Scarrataing survives in a relatively unaltered state since its construction in the mid to late 19th century. The concavity of a traditonal circular-plan kiln can still be seen in the gable wall, although the kiln has been removed. The interior is especially well-preserved, with intact and functional box beds and original fire surrounds. The roof is typical of a traditional Orcadian cottage being covered in large flagstones with a row of aisins (narrow stones placed under the main flagstones to throw rainwater away from the wallhead) acting as eaves. The roof has subsequently been covered with turf.
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