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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
- Secular: castle
- Local Authority
- Orkney Islands
- HY 56421 28854
- 356421, 1028854
The monument consists of the remains of a small fortified dwelling and other structures, probably dating to the period of Norse rule in Orkney.
The remains take the form of a grass-covered mound, with traces of walling visible in its surface. The mound is cut by the sea along its S side, and here can be seen a solidly built wall, of at least three periods of construction and reconstruction. The wall is lime- plastered and the stones are bedded in clay. To the W of this massive walling are remains of further structures, but these are obscured by fallen turf.
The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded by the foot of the low eroding cliff on the S. On the W it is bounded by a line drawn parallel to, and 10m E of, the easternmost building of the farm of Maltbarn. The area has maximum dimensions 85m SW-NE by 40m NNW-SSE, as shown in red on the accompanying map.
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