Scheduled Monument

Smerral, broch to E of BunellichSM581

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 17808 33791
317808, 933791


The monument comprises a broch, a prehistoric defended dwelling. It is already scheduled, but the scheduling does not include an adequate area fully to protect all of the remains: hence this extension.

The broch is a large mound about 25m across, standing 3m high. It appears to be substantially undisturbed, with no trace of the original entrance and only a short stretch of outer wallface showing on the SW. There are later walls to the NE and E.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle of 50m in diameter, but cut off on the NW side by a field boundary. The area thus defined includes the broch and an area around it in which associated remains are likely to survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.



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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 showing the scheduled area is the legal part of the scheduling. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary. 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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