Scheduled Monument

Ormond CastleSM4740

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: castle
Local Authority
NH 69651 53583
269651, 853583


Ormond Castle occupies the summit of Ormond Hill and traces of walls forming three courts are visible at different levels on the hill. Within the courts are five rectangular building foundations and along the curtain wall are six turret foundations. The fortified area measures 125m NESW by 54m transversely and the area to be scheduled includes the structures described above and an area in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use will survive. It is bounded on the SE by a track and the pear shaped area proposed for scheduling measures up to 200 m NE/SW by up to 90 m transversely as depicted in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a fine field monument of a type rare in Scotland; it is said to have been one of the royal castles built c. 1179 and is of further national importance because despite it being covered by hand planted trees the clearly defined remains have the potential to increase understanding of 12th century fortification techniques and military history.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 65 SE 1.

About Scheduled Monuments

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Scheduling is the way that a monument or archaeological site of national importance is recognised by law through the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments of national importance using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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