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Caisteal Odair,promontory fort

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.6619 / 57°39'42"N

Longitude: -7.4823 / 7°28'56"W

OS Eastings: 73200

OS Northings: 876781

OS Grid: NF732767

Mapcode National: GBR 78XG.PNS

Mapcode Global: WGV1R.1P86

Entry Name: Caisteal Odair,promontory fort

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5248

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Caisteal Odair is a promontory defended by a substantial, although tumbled, stone rampart. This is 120m long and from 2m to 3m wide, with a clearly visible entrance towards its W end, flanked and partially blocked, at the inner end, by large boulders. Traces of the foundations of stone-built rectilinear structures may be traced against the inner face of the rampart E of the entrance.

Elsewhere there are no visible remains within the area enclosed by the rampart, which is a landward sloping grassy area approximately 100m NE-SW by 150m NW-SE. This promontory fort is probably of Iron Age (500BC-500AD) date.

The area to be scheduled is bounded by a line 10m S of the visible S edge of the rampart, and elsewhere by the edge of turf at the head of low cliffs, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of the information it can provide, by excavation and taken in comparison with a range of other fortified sites of broadly similar date, for the chronology and typological development of fortified sites in NW Scotland. It is a fine field example of what appears to be one of the simplest categories of fortification in the Western Isles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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