Historic Scotland

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Open year-round.

 

Overview

Squeeze your way into this Iron Age souterrain and imagine what it was once used for.

Culsh Earth House is an example of a souterrain.  It was built about 2,000 years ago, and despite its name, it was not a dwelling, but a stone-lined underground passage.

This example survives in a very complete state, and is one of only a few souterrains in Scotland  that can safely be accessed. We don’t know what it was used for – potentially a hiding place, a storage space, or – as two cup-marked stones inside may indicate – it may have had some ritual significance.