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Guirdil,promontory fort 970m north east of,Rum

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 57.0319 / 57°1'55"N

Longitude: -6.4073 / 6°24'26"W

OS Eastings: 132694

OS Northings: 802062

OS Grid: NG326020

Mapcode National: GBR BBK4.9Z2

Mapcode Global: WGY8R.KJ42

Entry Name: Guirdil,promontory fort 970m NE of,Rum

Scheduled Date: 15 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6426

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This monument consists of a small promontory fort in a cliff-top location. The fort is formed by a drystone wall 37m long, constructed across the neck of a coastal promontory. The wall is at least 4m thick and stands to a maximum height of 2m. There are traces in places of both the outer and inner wall face. About 5m from the S end of the wall is evidence for a gap which may have been the original entrance.

Within the fort are the remains of 3 stone-walled huts. One is oval and measures about 6m by 5m with an entrance in the NE. The second is circular and about 6m in diameter, and the third is visible as a turf-covered stony bank defining a roughly circular area about 8m in diameter. Two small shieling-type structures lie just outside the wall of the fort.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded on three sides by the top of the cliff. It measures 115m WNW-ESE by a maximum of 60m, to include the fort, internal buildings, external shielings and an area around in which deposits associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric domestic life and defensive architecture. There are only two convincing prehistoric coastal forts on Rum and monuments of comparable date are rare on the island.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 30 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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