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Prail Castle,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath East and Lunan, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6088 / 56°36'31"N

Longitude: -2.4955 / 2°29'43"W

OS Eastings: 369681

OS Northings: 746437

OS Grid: NO696464

Mapcode National: GBR VY.0LFL

Mapcode Global: WH8S3.M4WX

Entry Name: Prail Castle,fort

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5587

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Inverkeilor

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath East and Lunan

Traditional County: Angus


The monument consists of a promontory fort of the Iron Age, about 2000 years old.

A long, narrow, promontory is defended by multiple ramparts and ditches. The inner rampart sits on top of a low scarp and survives to a height of about 1.0m. Between the scarp and a modern field dyke to the W are a number of further defences. N of a central approach causeway are remains of two ditches and a rampart, while S of the causeway are three ditches and two ramparts, the ditches made at least partly by modifying natural gullies.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape and measures 140m NW-SE by 100m transversely. It is bounded by a field dyke on the W and elsewhere by coastal cliffs: the field dyke is specifically excluded from scheduling. The area to be scheduled is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an Iron Age promontory fort which, taken together with a number of other forts on the Angus coast, has the potential to considerably enhance our understanding of Iron Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO64NE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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