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There are traces here of the hut circles and field system that were here in prehistoric times. And if you were living here, I feel you might absolutely have popped along to the 'Vat', which is a completely insane-sounding 'water carved bowl' - not just a little bowl but an immense open topped 'cave', only a short jaunt from the huts.

You can see a picture here at the Walk Highlands website.
Also there is a video on YouTube by Aboynejames (it starts about 45s in), which, though immensely wobbly, eventually shows the extraordinary narrow 'door' into the Vat.
In the fore mentioned hill of Culblean, there is amost remarkable hollow rock, which, from its shape, bears the name of the Vatt, and through which a rivulet runs. In going up to visit this natural curiosity, a stranger is much struck with the narrowness of the entry to the Vatt (being less than an ordinary door) and the large spacious area, in which he immediately finds himself enclosed by rocks from 50 to 60 feet high, and from the fissures of which tall and healthy birch trees are growing. There is one particular clift of the rock which the eagle generally occupies as a safe and secure asylum for hatching and nourishing her young, and where her nest is always to be seen. The rivulet falls down at the upper end through broken shattered rocks, and when flooded adds greatly to the picturesque appearance of the whole.
p231 in volume 12 of 'The Statistical Account of Scotland'.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th February 2009ce
Edited 27th February 2009ce

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