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Loch Monica,shielings south east of,Rum

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.9831 / 56°58'59"N

Longitude: -6.3915 / 6°23'29"W

OS Eastings: 133299

OS Northings: 796571

OS Grid: NM332965

Mapcode National: GBR BBL8.C5W

Mapcode Global: WGY8Y.SRL1

Entry Name: Loch Monica,shielings SE of,Rum

Scheduled Date: 15 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6432

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: shieling

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a group of shileings on a terrace just above a steep escarpment.

There are 6 corbelled shieling huts entirely built from local stone which is derived from a nearby outcrop to the E. The shielings are in variable condition although all are well preserved and one example retains its roof.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m SW-NE by 30m NW-SE, to include the shielings and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of medieval or post medieval farming practices and the architecture of shielings. There are a large number and wide range of shielings on Rum. This is an outstandingly well-preserved group by Scottish standards.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 39 NW 44.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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