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Rubha nic Eamoin,fort 600m south of Tarbert,Canna

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 57.0514 / 57°3'4"N

Longitude: -6.5562 / 6°33'22"W

OS Eastings: 123812

OS Northings: 804814

OS Grid: NG238048

Mapcode National: GBR BB62.MSQ

Mapcode Global: WGY8P.8185

Entry Name: Rubha nic Eamoin,fort 600m S of Tarbert,Canna

Scheduled Date: 21 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5955

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a fort located on a coastal promontory on the S coast of Canna.

The remains of the fort occupy the promontory of Rubha nic Eamoin. There are two lines of defence. The outer consists of a turf-covered stony rampart which runs across the promontory from the cliff edge to a natural escarpment. This rampart survives to about 1m high and is spread to 5m in width. About 20m to the S are traces of a second rampart running E-W across the promontory and stopping short of the cliff. This rampart, which is ill-defined, is about 0.5m high and 3.5m thick. In the interior and abutting onto the E end of the inner rampart are traces of a turf-covered enclosure measuring about 6m in diameter. There are no traces of other structures in the interior of the fort, although the excavation of similar sites in Scotland suggests that domestic occupation in the interior of the fort is to be expected.

The area to be scheduled measures 135m N-S by 100m E-W, to include both ramparts , the turf enclosure, the interior of the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and occupation of the fort may occur, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 20 SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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