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Tarbert,souterrains 1050m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 57.0647 / 57°3'52"N

Longitude: -6.5473 / 6°32'50"W

OS Eastings: 124449

OS Northings: 806257

OS Grid: NG244062

Mapcode National: GBR BB61.RT9

Mapcode Global: WGY8H.DPGJ

Entry Name: Tarbert,souterrains 1050m NE of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5906

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This monument consists of two souterrains excavated into the S face of a hill slope.

The lower souterrain is a stone-built irregularly-shaped lintelled chamber measuring 3m N-S by 1.5m E-W. The second souterrain is about 4m higher up the slope, of similar construction, but slightly smaller in size. There are no obvious traces of other structures in the area immediately around the souterrains.

The area to be scheduled measures 52m NNE-SSW by 30m E-W, to include the two souterrains and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the souterrains 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 domestic life and architecture. These are the only known souterrains on Canna and Sanday.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 20 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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