Cladh Hallan Roundhouses

Daliburgh, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

Type:Monuments & Ruins

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Cladh Hallan began around 2200 BC as a settlement and fields. Around 1250 BC the small U-shaped house form was replaced by a new type of house, the roundhouse. Roundhouses were built with a low stone wall and a timber roof covered in a thick reed thatch, and the floors were sunk below ground level. A row of probably seven of these roundhouses, one as big as 60 square metres, were constructed at Cladh Hallan.

Archaeologists have excavated three of these roundhouses as well as three other houses built after 700 BC in their vicinity. It was discovered that, in common with other roundhouses of this date from elsewhere in Britain, people's daily activities and indeed life cycles were arranged around the inside of the house in a sunwise (clockwise) fashion. Today you can see the outlines of the terraced row of roundhouses reconstructed in stone in the former sand quarry and, nearby, the remains of the better preserved of the two double-roundhouses (dating to 500 BC).

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What's Nearby

  1. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beaches…

    0.23 miles away
  2. Along the west coast of UIst lies around 20 miles of stunning white beaches.

    0.72 miles away
  3. A well-preserved aisled wheelhouse was excavated in 1952 in the machair at Kilpheder…

    0.93 miles away
  1. A week long event of Gaelic song, dance and music.

    1.44 miles away
  2. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    1.72 miles away
  3. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    2.58 miles away
  4. Along the west coast of South UIst lies around 20 miles of stunning white beach and…

    2.6 miles away
  5. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    2.68 miles away
  6. Neolithic chambered cairn.

    3.01 miles away
  7. The machair runs parralell to the beach and a great place to walk.

    3.17 miles away
  8. The famous Flora MacDonald’s Birthplace is in the village of Milton, on the west side of…

    3.25 miles away
  9. Learn about the South Uists local history at Kildonan Museum through stories, artefacts…

    3.85 miles away
  10. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    3.96 miles away
  11. The Listening Place Scuplture, forms part of the Uist sculpture Trail

    4.21 miles away
  12. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    4.26 miles away
  13. At the very south of the Island, lies the Polachar Stone, looking out to sea.

    4.4 miles away
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