Scheduled Monument

Redcastle, crannog 600m SSE ofSM7763

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: crannog
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 58577 48959
258577, 848959


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric crannog surviving as a stone cairn on intertidal mudflats. The monument is a low cairn of stones which is fully submerged at high tide. The cairn incorporates timbers which appear to have formed a framework or foundations and which have been dated to the later prehistoric period.

On the surface of the cairn there are two raised areas which may have been used for wildfowling in the recent past. Built into the cairn and partly buried within the stones are the remains of several wattle-lined pits of uncertain function.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the crannog and an area around it in which traces of associated materials may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and 65m in diameter as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric life. The preservation of the timberwork indicates that the waterlogged nature of the site has preserved the organic remains of the crannog; these organic remains relate to the domestic life and diet of the people who built and used the crannog.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 54 NE 2.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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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