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Eilean Amalaig,fortified islet,Mull

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

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Latitude: 56.406 / 56°24'21"N

Longitude: -5.7167 / 5°43'0"W

OS Eastings: 170786

OS Northings: 729952

OS Grid: NM707299

Mapcode National: GBR DC8S.G6Y

Mapcode Global: WH0GG.570X

Entry Name: Eilean Amalaig,fortified islet,Mull

Scheduled Date: 11 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5576

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: fort (non-prehistoric)

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a tidal islet, immediately NE of Eilean Amalaig, which has been fortified, probably in the medieval period.

The islet measures about 28m from W to E by 22m transversely. Along the rocky S side are the remains of a wall about 16m in length, 1.9m wide and 2m in height. The central portion of the wall overlooks a boat-landing on the shore below. The island has no recorded history, but it is possible that the remains are those of a small fortification erected to guard the nearby anchorage at the NE end of Loch Spelve.

The area to be scheduled measures 45m from NE to SE by 40m

transversely, to include the fortified area and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of an unusual form of fortification which has the potential to provide information about the character of Medieval maritime activity and domestic society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM72NW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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