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Glenehervie, fort 800m west of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.3395 / 55°20'22"N

Longitude: -5.5655 / 5°33'55"W

OS Eastings: 173991

OS Northings: 610836

OS Grid: NR739108

Mapcode National: IRL Y4.KKNR

Mapcode Global: GBR DGML.RGQ

Entry Name: Glenehervie, fort 800m W of

Scheduled Date: 7 April 1975

Last Amended: 4 March 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3618

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Southend

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric fort which is situated on an oval knoll at the south-western end of a low ridge between Glenehervie and Polliwilline.

The monument is roughly oval in shape, measuring approximately 70m by 50m, and defined in the most part by a narrow terrace around the summit of the knoll on which it is sited. Excavation of a small cutting in 1977 showed that a trench had been cut into the rock, and had silted up, leading to the appearance of a level terrace. The defences can best be seen on the SE where traces of a double rampart remain. A well-defined gap in the defences at the W extremity may represent an entrance into the enclosed area.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling was wrongly located. The area now to be scheduled is an oval measuring 110m ENE-WSW by 90m to include the fort and an area around in which remains associated with its construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of a later prehistoric defended settlement which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of later prehistoric domestic life and settlement architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NR71SW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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