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Barry Hill, ring fort

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.6386 / 56°38'18"N

Longitude: -3.1992 / 3°11'57"W

OS Eastings: 326543

OS Northings: 750279

OS Grid: NO265502

Mapcode National: GBR VC.SYJX

Mapcode Global: WH6P9.TDRN

Entry Name: Barry Hill, ring fort

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6549

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: ring fort

Location: Alyth

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring fort of prehistoric date.

The monument lies in arable land some 250m ESE of the hillfort on Barry Hill and commands extensive views over Strathmore and the mouth of Glen Isla. The principal visible feature is a 30m long arc of wall, some 4m wide, built of massive stone blocks. Early sources recount that this originally formed an enclosure some 32m by 30m in internally. It is likely that wall remains and internal deposits will survive below the present surface.

The monument appears characteristic of a form of defended Iron Age homestead known principally from sites in Perthshire but is unusual in its proximity to a major hillfort.

The monument was previously scheduled jointly with the hillfort on Barry Hill, but is now being scheduled in its own right. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains of the ring fort and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 60m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to the nearly hillfort.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 25 SE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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