Allt Chrysal ancient settlement
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
About 2000 BCE a circular hut was built further up the hillside, near a second, smaller hut, possibly used for storage. There is a stone hearth by the door, and a stone-built storage box near the rear of the hut. Inside the box a decorated pottery beaker was discovered.
There was a gap in settlement until about 2000 years ago, when a large stone roundhouse was built to the south west of the stream. This roundhouse was later rebuilt as a wheelhouse (with the interior divided by stone partition walls, resembling spokes of a wheel). This is the most impressive dwelling at Allt Chrysal, measuring some 9 metres across. Spindle whorls used for spinning wool were found inside the wheelhouse.
Finding Allt Chrysal
There are very good informational signs on the site explaining the history, and how the site developed. Unfortunately, when I visited there was no apparent sign indicating just where the site was to be found; I drove past it before realising I'd gone too far. In retrospect it ought to be simple; if you get to the causeway over to Vatersay, you've gone too far. Allt Chrysal is on the uphill side of the road 100 metres or so in the direction of Castlebay, and there is a wide layby where you can park. Now about that sign ...
About Allt Chrysal ancient settlement
Address: Castlebay, Barra, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On the minor road leading from Castlebay to Vatersay, just before the causeway. There is a small layby by the side of the road.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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