Category Archives: Souterrains

Pitcur Souterrain (3), Kettins, Perthshire

Souterrain:  OS Grid Reference – NO 2529 3738 Also Known as: Canmore ID 30539 The Cave Pitcur II (Wainwright) Getting Here From Coupar Angus, take the A923 road southeast for nearly 2½ miles where you reach the crossroads.  Keeping walking along … Continue reading

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Dunvarich, Tongue, Sutherland

Souterrain (lost):  OS Grid Reference – NC 59 57 Also Known as: Canmore ID 5341 Archaeology & History There are a number of souterrains—or “earth houses” as they used to be known—in Sutherland that have been lost.  Many have simply fallen prey … Continue reading

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Deanside, Tongue, Sutherland

Souterrain (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NC 591 556 Also Known as: Canmore ID 5343 Dionaite Archaeology & History Nothing now remains of the prehistoric underground chamber, “eirde House” (as they were called) or souterrain, that was reported by the northern antiquarian … Continue reading

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Overlee, Clarkston, Renfrewshire

Souterrains & Settlement (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NS 577 572 Also Known as: Canmore ID 43802 Archaeology & History This was an astonishing-sounding place, little-known beyond the pages of specialist historians.  It has been described in modern terms as simply “subterranean structures”, … Continue reading

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Fenton Hill, Airlie, Angus

Souterrain (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NO 3044 5040 Also Known as: Airlie II Canmore ID 32376 Archaeology & History One in a cluster of at least seven souterrains that could once be found to the east of Alyth, this was first described … Continue reading

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Borgie Souterrain, Tongue, Sutherland

Souterrain:  OS Grid Reference –  NC 6762 5929  –  NEW FIND Getting Here From Bettyhill village, take the A836 road west towards Tongue.  Several miles along the road, keep your eyes peeled for Borgie and Skerray on your right.  Go … Continue reading

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Brae of Airlie, Airlie, Angus

Souterrain (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NO 3102 5187 Also Known as: Airlie IV (Wainwright) Canmore ID 32383 Archaeology & History One of a number of souterrains that existed hereby, remains of which may still exist beneath the ground.  It was … Continue reading

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Barns of Airlie (2), Airlie, Angus

Souterrain (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NO 3052 5152 Also Known as: Airlie III (Wainwright 1963) Canmore ID 32385 Archaeology & History There are no remains left of this old ‘weem’, earth-house, or souterrain as they are now commonly known.  It was … Continue reading

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Arnabost, Coll, Argyll

Souterrain (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NM 2096 6003 Archaeology & History In Betty MacDougall’s (1966) short work on this history of the island she describes the finding and subsequent destruction of these fascinating underground prehistoric ‘houses’ (as some have … Continue reading

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