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Torr-a-clachan,fort 565m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.5714 / 56°34'16"N

Longitude: -6.1866 / 6°11'11"W

OS Eastings: 142939

OS Northings: 750005

OS Grid: NM429500

Mapcode National: GBR CC3B.WKN

Mapcode Global: WGYC5.Y364

Entry Name: Torr-a-clachan,fort 565m SW of

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1985

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4359

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of an oval fort defended by a single wall with a single entrance to the SE. The wall is poorly preserved but the interior seems to be undisturbed. Its importance lies in its proximity and similarity to Torr Aint fort. The forts lie on either side of a strath; the floor of the strath is drained pasture; deserted agricultural settlements and fields cover its lower slopes. All physical factors governing siting and construction of the forts are common to them. Thus any variations in their internal and wall structures will be due to social factors. The forts thus present an unusual chance to perceive social variations largely in isolation from differences caused by topography, geology, pedology, catchment areas and other physical factors.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

Both forts being adequately preserved for such studies, this fort is as one of the pair important nationally to the theme of Iron Age settlement. This concentration of Iron Age structures has particular importance to several themes within the broad area of settlement studies. These include relationships in time and space of forts and duns, the study of social units (particular importance attaches to Torr a'Clachan in this respect), the relationships of forts to arable areas and more generally, land use and surface geology. In essence, then, it is the large number of forts and duns in a restricted area of very variable geology and broad topography which makes the forts of Mull important, and it is the chance to rule out the effects of these variables with study of Torr a'Clachan and Torr Aint which makes Torr a'Clachan of national importance to Iron Age studies.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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