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High Auchneel,fort 890m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Stranraer and the Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9412 / 54°56'28"N

Longitude: -5.1847 / 5°11'4"W

OS Eastings: 196111

OS Northings: 565374

OS Grid: NW961653

Mapcode National: GBR FHKN.CWL

Mapcode Global: WH1R0.B2C9

Entry Name: High Auchneel,fort 890m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4885

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Leswalt

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Stranraer and the Rhins

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument is a fort of the Iron Age situated on top of the seacliffs to the WSW of High Auchneel. A ditch, surviving to 4.3m and 0.5m deep, with an internal bank 3m thick and 0.3m high, has been constructed to cut off and defend a small, steep sided, promontory. The internal area measures 23.5m E-W by up to 16m transversely. The entrance was probably along the S side of the approach to the fort,a line now followed by a modern fence. The area to be scheduled includes the fort and an area around it within which traces ofactivity associated with its use may be found. It measures 80m E-Wby 30m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fort of the Iron Age which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area. It is of particular importance because of the survival of a number of other forts in the area; the study of this group has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of the development and organisation of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NW 96 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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