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Baraskomill, fort and shielings 600m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.4351 / 55°26'6"N

Longitude: -5.5789 / 5°34'43"W

OS Eastings: 173691

OS Northings: 621516

OS Grid: NR736215

Mapcode National: IRL Y3.G62S

Mapcode Global: GBR DGLB.Z83

Entry Name: Baraskomill, fort and shielings 600m NW of

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1975

Last Amended: 21 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3636

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument is a fort located on the summit of a hill. Just to the E of the fort are two shielings. The N, E and SW sides of the hill are steep, but access to the SE and W is comparatively easy. The fort measures 87m x 61m internally and is defined by a single stone wall which survives in part as a low grass grown bank or terrace. The entrance which is on the SSE is flanked on its SW side by a rocky scarp. The interior of the fort is featureless.

Situated on a natural terrace which cuts across the E end of the hill are two shielings. The best preserved is 3.4m in diameter and consists of a turf bank 1.7m wide and 0.6m high. The second shieling is about 2m in diameter.

The area to be scheduled measures 150m E-W by 80m N-S to include the fort, the shielings and an area around the fort in which traces of activities associated with is use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The fort is of national importance for its potential contribution to the understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture. The shielings are well preserved examples of a typical but not fully understood form of minor rural Medieval/Post Medieval building.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NR72SW 22.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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