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Loch Coille-Bharr, enclosure 220m north west of, Knapdale

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0577 / 56°3'27"N

Longitude: -5.5626 / 5°33'45"W

OS Eastings: 178287

OS Northings: 690702

OS Grid: NR782907

Mapcode National: GBR DDNP.SZL

Mapcode Global: WH0J8.J0DG

Entry Name: Loch Coille-Bharr, enclosure 220m NW of, Knapdale

Scheduled Date: 12 December 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10336

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: North Knapdale

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises an enclosure sited just off the E side of the B8025 road, 220m NW of Loch Coille-Bharr, in Knapdale.

The enclosure is an irregular oval in shape, measuring 20m by 12m, and is defined by a curving line of earthfast boulders on its eastern side, and by a marked break in slope on the western side. At the N and S ends of the line of earthfast stones, there are two much larger standing stones.

The enclosure was at one point thought to represent the remains of a stone circle, but is now considered more likely to be domestic in nature, possibly similar to the platform settlements (small terraces cut in hill slopes, on which timber round houses would have been placed) found elsewhere in Scotland.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 33m in diameter, to include the enclosure and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric enclosure which has the potential to provide important information about domestic architecture, contemporary economy and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 79 SE 19.


Campbell, M. and Sandeman, M. (1964) 'Mid Argyll: an archaeological survey', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 95, 24, No. 161.

Christison, D. (1904) 'The forts of Kilmartin, Kilmichael Glassery, and North Knapdale, Argyll', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 38, 140-1 fig. 17.

RCAHMS (1988) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 6: Mid-Argyll and Cowal, prehistoric and early historic monuments, Edinburgh, 200, No. 339 Plan, 200 (A).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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