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Loaninghead, fort 350m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.2706 / 56°16'14"N

Longitude: -3.7391 / 3°44'20"W

OS Eastings: 292393

OS Northings: 710040

OS Grid: NN923100

Mapcode National: GBR 1L.8ZY4

Mapcode Global: WH5PN.JNN7

Entry Name: Loaninghead, fort 350m NE of

Scheduled Date: 13 December 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7593

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Blackford

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a fort of later prehistoric date, visible as a series of upstanding earthworks.

The monument lies at around 150m OD, on a natural spur overlooking the valley that links Strathallan to Strathearn. It comprises a fort measuring approximately 180m NW-SE by 90m NE-SW, defined by two ramparts and ditches. The defences at the N end of the fort, where the site can only be approached along a narrow spur of land less than 2m wide, are particularly striking.

A slight hollow-way in the middle of the W side of the fort may indicate an entrance, and the defences on this side are much less obvious than around the rest of the monument. Traces of a possible ring-ditch house some 16m in diameter have been recorded in the interior.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is polygonal, measuring a maximum of 140m NW-SE by 95m NE-SW, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The top 30cm of the farm track at the S end of the scheduled area are specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric defended settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 90 NW 1.


Christison, D. (1900) 'The fort, 'camps', and the other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol. 34, 43-120.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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