Exploring the stones
Hector Rogers rediscovered Daingean in 1999 during forest clearance. Forestry Commission Scotland now preserves the site as an important part of the local history.
This detail of the 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873-75) shows that buildings were still in use (shows in black) in the late 19th century. This was where the gamekeeper lived
Daingean is across the waters of Loch Garry from Laddie. The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873-75) shows their relative locations.
An important part of these farmers' lives was the corn they grew. Exploring the site you can discover evidence about how the corn was treated once it was cut and gathered at harvest time.
You will find the remains of a corn drying kiln. This structure contained a stone-lined circular bowl with a short tunnel, called a flue, leading into its base.
Drying the corn
The grain was laid out on sacks on a wooden frame stretched across the top of the bowl. A fire was then lit at the mouth of the flue and heat was drawn through to the bowl and up through the grain. It was important that the grain was dry so that it would not rot when stored. Farmers today still have to do this but use mechanical driers to achieve the same result.
The heating of the grain was a long process that needed to be carefully watched. Warm and cosy, the kiln would have been an ideal place for people to gather and share stories and music.