Scheduled Monument

Rait Hill, fortSM7251

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
NO 22991 26785
322991, 726785


The monument comprises a promontory fort of prehistoric date, visible as an upstanding earthwork.

The monument has two ramparts with external ditches which cut off a small steep-sided promontory. The ramparts are aligned E-W and measure up to 50m in length. The inner rampart measures up to 4.8m in width by 0.6m in height, with its ditch up to 7m wide and 0.9m deep. There are traces of an outer, counterscarp, bank on the outer edge of the outer ditch. The entrance appears to have been on the NW: at this point the terminals of the ramparts are linked by a stony bank. The interior of the fort measures about 35m by 20m, and is tree-covered.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is kite-shaped, measuring 80m E-W by 70m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The area to be scheduled is bounded by the fence marking the edge of the woodland, which is itself excluded.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric defended settlement and economy. The ramparts will contain information for the nature and date of their construction while the interior of the fort may be expected to contain evidence for the nature and organisation of internal occupation.



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NO 22 NW 6.

Aerial Photographs used:

1. Dewar, J (1971) PT/7517 NO22NW6

2. RCAHMS (1989) B23989 NO22NW6

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