Scheduled Monument

Stac Dhomnuill Chaim, fortified promontory, MangerstaSM5327

Status: Designated


Where documents include maps, the use of this data is subject to terms and conditions (


Date Added
Secular: fort (non-prehistoric); house
Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NB 264 31553
100264, 931553


The monument consists of a naturally fortified rock stack utilised as a refuge in the early 17th century by the Uig warrior, Donald Cam Macaulay. The rock is called Stac Dhomnaill Chaim. The promontory is c.30m high. The summit, under 15m long, supports the footings of a dwelling orientated SW-NE, measuring 5.5m by 3m. The site is approached by descending into a deep ravine which connects with the promontory by a narrow neck of land which is defended by a wall 1.5m thick.

On the mainland cliff between the stack and a rocky outcrop is an artificial gathering of boulders arranged in a circle. The diameter is approximately 4m. The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 200m NE-SW by 100m NW-SE to include the fortified promontory, the dwelling and the boulder feature, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a significant field monument and a site that is of considerable interest to scholars of local tradition and late Scottish Medieval history. The area may also contain evidence of earlier prehistoric occupation.



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 03 SW 1.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for the designation of buildings, monuments, gardens and designed landscapes and historic battlefields. We also advise Scottish Ministers on the designation of historic marine protected areas.

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.

The description and map showing the scheduled area is the legal part of the scheduling. The additional information in the scheduled monument record gives an indication of the national importance of the monument(s). It is not a definitive account or a complete description of the monument(s). The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief and some information will not have been recorded. Scheduled monument consent is required to carry out certain work, including repairs, to scheduled monuments. Applications for scheduled monument consent are made to us. We are happy to discuss your proposals with you before you apply and we do not charge for advice or consent. More information about consent and how to apply for it can be found on our website at

Find out more about scheduling and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to Stac Dhomnuill Chaim, fortified promontory, Mangersta

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 25/04/2019 14:55