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Sgeir Fhada,fort 100m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6819 / 56°40'54"N

Longitude: -5.9943 / 5°59'39"W

OS Eastings: 155460

OS Northings: 761586

OS Grid: NM554615

Mapcode National: GBR CCL1.T9Q

Mapcode Global: WGZCT.W9RY

Entry Name: Sgeir Fhada,fort 100m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 10 April 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6179

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a prehistoric fort on a narrow coastal promontory. The position of the fort is one of great natural strength, being protected on all sides except the N by precipitious rock-faces up to 14m in height.

The fort measures internally about 30m N-S by a maximum of 18m E-W and has been defended by 2 stone walls. The inner wall runs across the narrowest point and has extended around the rock face to the W. It may originally have extended right around the fort.

There are traces of facing stones and core material in places along the line of this rampart. About 18m to the N are the remains of the outer rampart, a spread of stone including several very large boulders. The entrance to this outer area was probably at the W end of the rampart.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m NNW-SSE by 50m SSW-NNE, to include the fort 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 56 SE 5.


RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 125.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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