Location:            Abriachan Forest Trust

Type of Works:   Design & Build

Works value:      Approx £1,500/m2


This hut was constructed in Abriachan Forest on Achpopuli road, part of what is now the Great Glen Way (Slighe a' Ghlinne Mhòir) and following the old drove roads (ròidean dròbha) in parts. The pobull was a hunting or herding hut or tent used by the drovers (na drobhairean). The modern spelling would be poball, rather than pobull. The masculine word poball also means 'the people' and has secondary meanings such as community, tribe or nation. Achpopuli comes from the Gaelic Achadh Poible, meaning ‘field of the pobull’ - a fitting place to build a hut for the future. 

With thanks to the Abriachan Forest Trust for their kind permission to erect this showcase building.


Studwork and Rafters: supplied by Tyeanatore in Abriachan, cut and milled within 2km of the site.

Larch Cladding and Flooring: supplied by Cromartie Timber.

The project was designed and built over a 6 week period.  The walls and floor units were workshop fabricated before being delivered and installed on site.  Rafters were pre-cut to enable rapid assembly of the roof, allowing the building to be made wind and watertight in just one day.  Finishing, both internal and external, was undertaken on site.

The building is temporary, and has been designed with complete disassembly in mind.  Over 3,500 screws were used in the construction to facilitate this. No nails and no adhesive products were used.

Construction techniques and materials include:

  • Foundations: Untreated larch logs located on concrete pads. Untreated logs were used to facilitate removal as the building is temporary;
  • Floor structure: timber beams and joists, sub floor of 25mm ply. Larch tongue and groove flooring screwed through tongues to subfloor.
  • Walls: Rough sawn spruce studwork, sheathed externally with Oriented Strand Board (Norboard). Breather membrane and cladding battens fitted.  Larch cladding, selected for heartwood, pre-drilled and fitted with stainless screws. Internal finish made up of vertical tongue and groove boards screwed to horizontal battens.
  • Roof: Planed spruce rafters.  Plywood above rafters, roofing battens and profile metal roofing.
  • Door unit: Engineered timber core with oak finish 5 panel top hung bi-fold door. Engineer designed box beam above to manage loadings.
  • Insulation: Omitted from this show building as it is a short term installation. Customer installations will include fully insulated floor, walls and ceiling. 



Placename advice thanks to Dr Heather Clyne, Ruaraidh MacLean and Suzann Barr.