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Castle Hill, fort

A Scheduled Monument in North Coast and Cumbraes, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7895 / 55°47'22"N

Longitude: -4.8476 / 4°50'51"W

OS Eastings: 221556

OS Northings: 658805

OS Grid: NS215588

Mapcode National: GBR 31.891K

Mapcode Global: WH2N1.HRV1

Entry Name: Castle Hill, fort

Scheduled Date: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10390

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fort, probably dating from the Iron Age (around 2000 years ago).

The fort is situated on a rocky knoll above the S side of the mouth of the Gogo Water. It comprises the remains of an enclosing rampart situated around the edge of the summit of the knoll. On the NE, W and S sides of the hill are steep natural slopes, and there is a gully around the base of the knoll in the E.

The enclosing rampart is sub-oval on plan and measures at least 57m from NE to SW by 38m transversely. It is best preserved around the S perimeter, where it measures about 2m in thickness, although substantial stretches can also be seen elsewhere on the circuit. A distinct shallow foundation trench for a wall base is visible on the W. There are no visible ground surface remains in the interior of the fort. The most likely place for an entrance is on the NE, where there is a winding approach.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is irregular on plan and has maximum dimensions of approximately 105m from NE to SW by 85m transversely, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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