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Cairnerzean,shielings and enclosures 950m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9622 / 54°57'44"N

Longitude: -4.9086 / 4°54'30"W

OS Eastings: 213887

OS Northings: 566939

OS Grid: NX138669

Mapcode National: GBR GH8L.DCM

Mapcode Global: WH2S2.KJSQ

Entry Name: Cairnerzean,shielings and enclosures 950m SW of

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5209

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: shieling

Location: Inch

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


This group of 19 shieling huts and 2 enclosures stretches for about 470m along the E side of Cairnerzean Fell. The area proposed for scheduling is a rectangle 100m WSW-ENE and 470m SSE-NNW with its S point at 13906670. This includes all the shielings and the enclosures and an area around and amongst them in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use and the surrounding land-use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

These monuments are of national importance because they indicate a similar land-use pattern over an unknown time of a limited area of marginal land near the edge of the improved land, and may therefore contain important information regarding movements in the upper limit of cultivation over time.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 16 NW 34.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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