Scheduled Monument

Creag an Fhamhair,fortSM6235

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
NG 82179 72896
182179, 872896


The monument consists of a prehistoric fort on the summit of Creag an Fhamhair, the Rock of the Giants.

The summit of the rock is flanked on the S and E by a 2m thick wall of rough stone with larger stones forming the inner and outer faces. The N and W sides are defended by natural cliffs. The fort measures approximately 35m N-S by 35m E-W. The entrance was probably towards the W end of the S wall. At this point there is an outwork which covers the S and E sides at a lower level. This outer wall can be traced for about 20m and is constructed in a similar fashion to the main wall of the fort; it survives to a maximum height of about 0.6m.

The area to be scheduled measures about 80m N-S by 72m E-W, to include the fort, outwork and an area around, in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life. The scale of the surviving wall indicates that this has been a substantially defended fort.



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 87 SW 1.

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