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Claig Castle,Jura

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7911 / 55°47'28"N

Longitude: -6.035 / 6°2'6"W

OS Eastings: 147157

OS Northings: 662686

OS Grid: NR471626

Mapcode National: GBR CFHD.LH2

Mapcode Global: WGZJ2.8PFT

Entry Name: Claig Castle,Jura

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4615

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Jura

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The castle occupies the eastern part of Am Fraoch Eilean, a roughly triangular plateau, detached from the main part of the island by a narrow N-S gulley. The only standing structure is the gound floor of a tower house, l4.3m N-S by 11.3m E-W, with walls some 2.4m thick and a door on the N. Traces of an enclosing bank and ditch survive on the N, S and E. The area to be scheduled measures some 80m E-W by

50m N-S.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The castle, dating probably from the 15th century, is of national importance as the only late Medieval fortified site on Jura. It has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of Medieval fortification and settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NR46SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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