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Little Dunsinane, broch 1250m east of Balmalcolm

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4785 / 56°28'42"N

Longitude: -3.2638 / 3°15'49"W

OS Eastings: 322252

OS Northings: 732533

OS Grid: NO222325

Mapcode National: GBR VB.WV1D

Mapcode Global: WH6Q1.TFZC

Entry Name: Little Dunsinane, broch 1250m E of Balmalcolm

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7289

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Cargill

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument is a broch of the Iron Age, about 2000 years old.

The monument is situated on a rocky knoll in the Sidlaw Hills, at around 280m OD, surviving as a circular area defined by a low turf-covered wall, measuring about 12m in internal diameter, with walls about 5.5m thick. The entrance passage is on the E, and measures about 5.5m in length and 1m wide.

Outwith the entrance there is a small annexe consisting of a boulder-faced stone wall measuring about 2.5m in thickness and up to 0.3m in height. Its entrance measures about 3m wide and lies opposite the entrance to the broch, and to the S there are the remains of a quarry pit.

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 circular with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. It will provide evidence for the nature and date of construction, and contain evidence for the nature of domestic occupation and internal organisation. It is of particular importance because brochs are very rare in eastern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 23 SW 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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