Scheduled Monument

Rumster, broch 200m WSW of, ForseSM573

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
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
ND 21256 37243
321256, 937243


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a defended settlement of Iron Age date. The broch was originally scheduled in 1939, but the area was inadequate to protect the full extent of the monument and omitted some adjacent land with high archaeological potential. The present re-scheduling rectifies this.

The broch is set in a small fenced enclosure in an area of grazing land. It is represented by a large grass-grown mound of stone, about 22m N-S by 26m across and standing up to 2.5m high. This substantial mound almost certainly conceals considerable surviving structural masonry and occupation deposits. Traces of the outer face of the broch can be seen on the S and SE of the mound, and there are signs of the removal of stones in a few places on the flanks of the mound.

The area to be scheduled is circular in shape, 40m in diameter, centred on the top of the broch mound, to include the broch and an area around it in which associated archaeological remains would be expected to survive. This area is indicated in red on the accompanying map.



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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).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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