Scheduled Monument

Aros Castle,MullSM5064

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: bailey; castle; domestic buildings; hall; settlement, including deserted and depopulated and townships
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Kilninian And Kilmore
NM 56293 44965
156293, 744965


The monument consists of a 13th-century hall-house and bailey set on a rocky promontory overlooking from the north the estuary of the Aros. There are traces of other, rectangular buildings, possibly of a later date, within the bailey and on the land lying beyond its ditch and counterscarp bank to the west. A small stone-built boat landing lies to the E of the bailey.

The scheduled area includes all the forementioned features, and all the ground bounded by the coastal trackway on the S and E, and by fence lines on the N and W, together with an area of foreshore lying E of the coastal trackway, all as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of the evidence that it provides, and has the potential to provide, through excavation, for settlement, domestic and defensive planning, and material culture in the Western Isles from the 13th century (and possibly earlier) until the end of the 17th century.



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