Scheduled Monument

Dun Chealamy,brochSM5632

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
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch; field or field system
Local Authority
NC 71976 51391
271976, 951391


The monument consists of the remains of a broch and outworks situated on a spur to the S of the Carnachy Burn.

The broch has an internal diameter of about 7m and a wall between 3.7m and 4.3m wide. There is no clear indication of the location of the entrance, but a mural gallery is exposed in the rubble of the broch's SW arc.

The broch is naturally defended on all sides except the SW, which has outworks consisting of a double rampart with traces of 2 ditches. The ditches are 12m wide and about 2m deep. There are gaps between the natural slopes and the ends of the outer defences. The ditch contains the footings of a subrectangular structure, which is about 12m by 4m.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m WSW-ENE by 70m N-S, to include the broch, the defensive ramparts and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 75 SW 9.

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)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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