Presented here is just a small selection of several hundred archaeological sites recorded in the Dunbeath Archaeological Survey. The field survey was conducted by staff and students of the Archaeology Department of the University of Glasgow under the direction of Alex Morrison. The survey involved walking over the estate from the coast to its farthest inland boundaries. Known sites were checked and planned and many new sites were discovered, particularly in areas which have not been regarded as suitable for agriculture or settlement in recent times.

The sites presented here range from neolithic to post-medieval periods and have been selected to illustrate the length of human settlement of Dunbeath Strath, but also to reflect the true nature of the archaeological record: Dunbeath has some impressive monuments, but often the most significant sites are not necessarily the most spectacular.

We hope you will enjoy exploring Dunbeath's rich archaeology for yourself. Before setting out, however, please remember these sites are on private land: it may be necessary to obtain permission to visit particularly during the lambing and stalking seasons. We would encourage you to contact us first for advice, better still start your excursion at the Heritage Centre where you will be able to access the full archaeological survey and much more besides. We strongly recommend Professor Alex Morrison's book, Dunbeath: A Cultural Landscape, which provides a superb introduction to Dunbeath's archaeological heritage (available at £8 from the Heritage Centre).

Please respect the countryside - take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints, and take care not to disturb any flora or fauna. Leave gates and fences as you find them. Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Please do not light any fires - they can easily burn out of control. Please respect our archaeological sites and monuments, and help them survive for future generations to enjoy. Do not add anything to them or take anything away. Sites are visited at your own risk. Remember the weather can change quickly, even in summertime. Ensure that you are properly equipped and wear appropriate footwear.


Complex of hut circles, enclosures and other structuresHut circlesGroup of hut circlesWagsCairnStone setting, possible 'Four-poster'Complex of rectangular buildings, hut circles and other structuresHut circles and other structuresDeserted settlement cluster, Dail-a-bhoichKiln houseCircular structure with internal cellDeserted settlementWagsDeserted settlement, Dail MhorStanding stone, Cnoc na MaranaichChambered cairn, Cnoc na MaranaichCairn, HalmieDeserted settlement cluster, Leathad BreacWag Mor, Raffin BurnSettlement clusterChambered cairn, Carn Liathlong house, LoedebestChambered cairn, AchnagoulStanding stone, HoustryBroch and long house, TiantullochChapel Hill, BallachlyDun Beath BrochDeserted settlementCairns, some possibly burialShieling bothySettlement remains