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Coul Point, crannog 750m south of (formerly Carn Dubh)

A Scheduled Monument in Dingwall and Seaforth, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4959 / 57°29'45"N

Longitude: -4.3066 / 4°18'23"W

OS Eastings: 261856

OS Northings: 847421

OS Grid: NH618474

Mapcode National: GBR H8RX.61X

Mapcode Global: WH3F3.TVDG

Entry Name: Coul Point, crannog 750m S of (formerly Carn Dubh)

Scheduled Date: 29 December 1971

Last Amended: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3105

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: Killearnan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Dingwall and Seaforth

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric crannog surviving as a mound of stones and estuarine sand on intertidal mudflat in the Beauly Firth. The crannog is submerged at high tide.

The monument is a low mound of stone, about 75m E-W by 45m-50m N-S. Its oval plan consists of a central mass, an E crescent and a W margin of boulders. Some areas of the site consist of estuarine sand and silt but other areas are formed of boulders, cobbles and pebbles. Among the boulders and pebbles the remains of substantial horizontal and vertical timbers are visible and organic remains are evident on site.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the crannog and an area around it in which traces of associated materials may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and 100m in diameter and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The monument was originally scheduled in the wrong location and this rescheduling is intended to correct the error.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric life. The site is waterlogged and will preserve important organic remains relating to the lives and diets of its prehistoric inhabitants.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NH64NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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