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Ben Effray,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.2854 / 56°17'7"N

Longitude: -3.6491 / 3°38'56"W

OS Eastings: 298007

OS Northings: 711554

OS Grid: NN980115

Mapcode National: GBR 1Q.7VJL

Mapcode Global: WH5PP.X8HV

Entry Name: Ben Effray,fort

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1971

Last Amended: 15 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3133

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Auchterarder

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument is a fort of the Iron Age, 1500 to 2500 years old, situated on the summit of Ben Effray.

The fort is protected by steep cliffs on the SW side and by three lines of defence on the other three sides. At the SE end the defences are walls or ramparts with slight ditches between them. At the NW end, on the steeper slopes, they appear as terraces. The entrance is to the SE. The fort measures 115m NW-SE by 60m overall.

The old 1:10560 map marked the fort in the wrong location and, therefore, only part of the fort is in the scheduled area. The area to be scheduled includes the fort and an area around it within which traces of activity associated with its use may survive. The area respects the shape of the fort and measures 150m NW-SE by 80m 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, taken together with a number of other forts in the vicinty has the potential to add greatly to our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NN91SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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