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Glenashdale Wood,fort 1340m WNW of Giants Graves,Arran

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.481 / 55°28'51"N

Longitude: -5.1178 / 5°7'3"W

OS Eastings: 203081

OS Northings: 625219

OS Grid: NS030252

Mapcode National: GBR FGR7.0JY

Mapcode Global: WH1NB.CH6J

Entry Name: Glenashdale Wood,fort 1340m WNW of Giants Graves,Arran

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5657

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilbride

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument comprises a later prehistoric fort which occupies a natural shelf on a steep SE-facing slope above the Glenashdale Burn, within a small forestry clearing.

The fort is enclosed by a semi-circular wall (about 5m thick), the N arc of which is partially intact with both internal and external faces surviving to a maximum of five courses (1.5m high). On the NE side is a straight entrance (2m wide) lined with large boulders.

There is much tumble on the W, and on the S little stonework is in evidence. The interior, which measures 25m by 20m, is uneven and partly overgrown with scrub.

The area to be scheduled measures up to 60m from E to W by 50m transversely, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of evidence associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it represents the well-preserved remains of a small later prehistoric fort and is representative of the diversity of contemporary domestic structures on Arran. It has the potential to provide information about later prehistoric architecture and the structure and organisation of society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 02 NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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