Scheduled Monument

Kinloch Farm,settlement 400m NE of Kinloch Castle,RumSM6326

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: settlement (if not assigned to any more specific type)
Local Authority
Small Isles
NM 40383 99867
140383, 799867


The monument consists of a Mesolithic activity site, with possible later use during the Neolithic period, situated on a low terrace overlooking the head of Loch Scresort.

The site was discovered as a surface scatter of flaked and chipped bloodstone. Evaluation and excavation in 1984-6 indicated the extent, date and nature of the site. It is a settlement site of Middle Stone Age date. A range of pits, hollows, stakeholes and slots were excavated. These probably represented domestic activity areas and shelters or lightly-built houses.

Hazelnuts from one pit produced two Mesolithic radiocarbon dates. A wide range of flakes, blades, microliths and leaf shaped points were found together with knapping debris. There was also some later Neolithic activity on the site. At this time a shallow burn which ran down the E of the Mesolithic site became filled with stone, pottery, lithic debris and organic material, suggesting there was Neolithic occupation in the vicinity.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 110m N-S by a maximum of 90m E-W to include the Mesolithic site and the Neolithic remains and an area around these in which traces of activities associated with these occupation sites may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of Mesolithic domestic activity and hunting and gathering activities in this area of Scotland. It is, in 1995, the earliest human occupation site in Scotland so far dated.



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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

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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).

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