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Ethie Mains,fort 750m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath East and Lunan, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6175 / 56°37'3"N

Longitude: -2.4883 / 2°29'17"W

OS Eastings: 370130

OS Northings: 747400

OS Grid: NO701474

Mapcode National: GBR VY.023Z

Mapcode Global: WH8RX.RX9T

Entry Name: Ethie Mains,fort 750m SE of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5611

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Inverkeilor

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath East and Lunan

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is a promontory fort of the Iron Age, about 2000 years old, situated on Red Head.

The internal area of the fort, measuring 70m NE-SW by 48m

transversely, is defended by a massive rampart and ditch. An entrance causeway passes through the defences to the NW. The rampart has been disturbed by a second World War slit trench which runs along part of its length. Within the interior there is a small sub-rectangular enclosure.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded on the S and E by the top of the coastal cliffs and in part by the field dyke to the NW, and measures 65m NW-SE by 105m NE-SW, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an Iron Age fort which, when taken together with a number of other promontory forts on the Angus coast, has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of Iron Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO74NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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