Culsh Souterrain (Earth House)

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Earth houses were not dwellings but stone-lined underground passages which were probably used for cold or secure storage of goods.

The one at Culsh on the side of the B9119 is not only one of the best preserved and impressive in Scotland, it is also one of the easiest to visit.

It is built into the earth bank to the south of the road and would be easily missed if it wasn’t for the Historic Scotland sign. there is limited parking at the side of the road and a path to it.

Originally it was probably part of a larger timber round house. There is a low entrance with a stone lintel above. The passageway is lined with stone slabs. The entry is now very low, about 3’ high, so it is a hands and knees job if you want to go inside (torch needed). We decided to admire from the outside.

This is worth a quick stop if you are passing.

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