Scheduled Monument

Ord Hill,fortSM2499

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
NH 66392 49097
266392, 849097


The monument is an extensive prehistoric fort in a hill top location.

An extensive fort encloses an area about 265m NE-SW by 115m NW-SE on the rocky uneven summit of Ord Hill. The wall of the fort is mainly overgrown with turf and trees, but is visible around most of its circuit. The easiest approach is to the SW and this is blocked by 2 curving rubble walls, the outer spread to about 6m and the inner to 8m. There are 2 possible entrances visible on the SW side of the fort.

The scheduled area measures a maximum of 340m SW-NE, by 165m NW-SE, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute towards an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic settlement. The size of this fort suggests that it would have been particularly important in contemporary society.



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