Rogie Township is an abandoned settlement in the middle of Torrachilty forest. Today only ruins and memories remain - it can be hard to imagine that it was once a busy place with many families living here.
Matt Ritchie, Forestry Commission Scotland's Archaeologist, provides a brief introduction to the site in the clip below. There are other clips on the what is here today page.
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Forestry Commission Scotland is working with the North of Scotland Archaeological Society and the Workers Educational Association with ongoing investigation into the site. A family cycle trail to this area is also planned.
Our thanks to the North of Scotland Archaeological Society, who have worked with us to enable this information to be presented.
Storyteller Alec Williamson tells a local tale in both English and Gaelic.
- The Buck Goat of Garve - English (mp3)
- The Buck Goat of Garve transcript - English (pdf 347k)
- The Buck Goat of Garve - Gaelic (mp3)
- The Buck Goat of Garve transcript - Gaelic (pdf 340k)
What can be seen at Rogie today?
Today, only the ruins of the core of the clachan, or township, survive. The remains of the two main farmsteads are described below. The field systems and other associated buildings have been lost within the forest. More discoveries are being made all the time, however, and investigation continues.
The central farmstead comprises:
- a longhouse, with living space at one end and a cattle byre, with well-preserved byre drain visible, at the other
- a kiln barn containing an unusual double-flued corn-drying kiln
- a kailyard (or garden enclosure)
- several associated outbuildings
The clips below explain what the buildings in the settlement were use for.
Corn drying kiln
All of the buildings in the settlement would have been roofed with wooden crucks (pairs of timbers) and thatched. Brian Wilkinson, archaeologist with RCAHMS, highlights this in the clip below.
Another farmstead lies about 250m to the west, comprising the more ruinous remains of several buildings, one possibly containing a collapsed corn-drying kiln.
Background to the clachan
The clachan was the traditional settlement type of the Highlands until the Clearances of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Each clachan contained a small farming community that lived and worked together, supporting each other over the years.
The longhouses, barns, kilns and outbuildings were loosely scattered amongst the yards and stock enclosures, while the nearby arable land was shared between the families.
During the summer months the women and children would accompany the cattle to the shieling grounds (or upland pasture), while the men remained to tend the crops.
This form of settlement survived until the Clearances, to be replaced by sheep, shepherds and the occasional croft, struggling to make a living.
The closest forest to Rogie is Contin.
All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.