Scheduled Monument

Rubha an Fhaing Dhuibh,settlementSM6236

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
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead
Local Authority
NM 81302 71842
181302, 771842


This monument consists of an oval enclosure of probable prehistoric date and other associated structures.

The oval enclosure occupies the entire promontory of a headland known as Rubha an Fhaing Dhuibh on the S shore of Loch Shiel. The neck of the headland is cut off by a dry stone wall about 1.1m thick and there are traces of a possible stone rampart under the waterline around the edge of the headland. The interior of the enclosure is rather flat and featureless. On the landward side and built into the wall there is a series of stone-built enclosures, probably later in date than the main enclosure and perhaps associated with sheep farming. Traces of a stone dyke run out to the SW of the site.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 65m E-W by 62m SSW-NNE, to include all of the enclosures, the stone dyke and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and occupation of this site may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. It includes a portion of the bed of the loch.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric domestic life.



RCAHMS records the monument as NM87SW 1.

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