Beehive Sheilings

Amhuinnsuidh, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AR

Type:Monuments & Ruins

Add Beehive Sheilings to your Itinerary

Product Image

Book Tickets Online


Constructed very much like an igloo, but using rocks rather than ice, beehive dwellings are thought to have been constructed in the last few hundred years as summer sheilings. With no wood around for roof supports, what else do you build for shelter except a stone igloo? Some are directly connected to others, presumably to give separate sleeping quarters or as a quick route to the neighbours, and most have a curved wall leading to the door in the windward side to keep out the worst of the weather. The lower layers of stone were laid horizontally while the upper courses were overlapped in decreasing concentric circles and finally capped with a copestone to give the beehive shape. Once covered in turves, they made an excellent wind and waterproof shelter.

These beehives are the most accessible in Harris but still involve rough cross – country walking on boggy ground so good waterproof footwear is essential. Park at the now closed Cliasmol School and head north alongside Abhainn a Mhullin for 1.5km until you find the beehives at the foot of Sron Smearasmal.

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. With some of the highest densities of breeding golden eagles in all of Europe, North…

    1 miles away
  2. Miabhag (Miavag) is a small setttlemen in North Harris of just a few houses situated on…

    1.13 miles away
  3. Situated at the foot of the southern slopes of the North Harris mountains, the remains of…

    3.66 miles away
  1. Undoubtedly the finest mountain walk in the Outer Hebrides. It is challenging with short…

    4.13 miles away
  2. Ardhasaig Glass & Arts – Embroidered Art, Gifts, Souvenirs and Clothing, many…

    4.33 miles away
  3. The beach at Luskentyre is the largest and most spectacular of all the Harris beaches.

    5.18 miles away
  4. Luskentyre Beach Hut is situated overlooking the world famous Luskentyre sands and sells…

    5.39 miles away
  5. Loch Crabhadal (Cravadal) is a wild, remote and spectacular area of North Harris.

    5.57 miles away
  6. The breath-taking views over Loch Seaforth and the chance to see native trees in an…

    5.86 miles away
  7. The first distillery in Harris has opened it's doors. The Harris Distillery is a working…

    6.31 miles away
  8. The Sound of Taransay lies between the main west coast of Harris and the beautiful island…

    6.54 miles away
  9. Hushinish is a small settlement of only 4 houses overlooking a white sand beach in the…

    6.66 miles away
  10. Seilebost is a small crofting village on the coast road along the west side of Harris.

    6.86 miles away
  11. Standing stone overlooking the beach near the village of Horgabost .

    7.08 miles away
  12. Talla Na Mara sits opposite Niseaboist beach, famed for its views across the sound of…

    7.4 miles away
  13. Remains of chambered cairn

    7.44 miles away
Previous Next

My Planner

You can build your own holiday itinerary here! Just browse our site and click this button to add to your itinerary when you see something you like. If your planner is not finished, simply click save and you can come back to it later on! You also have the option to send your itinerary to our tailor made holiday partner.