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Ormond Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Black Isle, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5535 / 57°33'12"N

Longitude: -4.18 / 4°10'47"W

OS Eastings: 269651

OS Northings: 853583

OS Grid: NH696535

Mapcode National: GBR J81R.Q1C

Mapcode Global: WH4G3.RDQR

Entry Name: Ormond Castle

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4740

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Avoch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Black Isle

Traditional County: Ross-shire


Ormond Castle occupies the summit of Ormond Hill and traces of walls forming three courts are visible at different levels on the hill. Within the courts are five rectangular building foundations and along the curtain wall are six turret foundations. The fortified area measures 125m NESW by 54m transversely and the area to be scheduled includes the structures described above and an area in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use will survive. It is bounded on the SE by a track and the pear shaped area proposed for scheduling measures up to 200 m NE/SW by up to 90 m transversely as depicted in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a fine field monument of a type rare in Scotland; it is said to have been one of the royal castles built c. 1179 and is of further national importance because despite it being covered by hand planted trees the clearly defined remains have the potential to increase understanding of 12th century fortification techniques and military history.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 65 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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