Scheduled Monument

Dun Fhamhair,fortSM5212

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 48409 47056
248409, 847056


The monument comprises the remains of an oval fort of the Iron Age, measuring 43m N-S by 35m within a wall up to 3.5m across with outer facing stones visible for most of the perimeter. Outside the fort to the north east there is a 55m long rampart and ditch with an entrance through its centre. The area to be scheduled measures 100m in

diameter to include the fort and the rampart, and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a stone walled Iron Age fortification; it is of particular interest because of the existence of an outer defence work. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric defensive structures and settlement activity.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 44 NE 7.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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