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Fincastle Farm, dun 330m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.741 / 56°44'27"N

Longitude: -3.8569 / 3°51'24"W

OS Eastings: 286520

OS Northings: 762574

OS Grid: NN865625

Mapcode National: GBR JBVX.20D

Mapcode Global: WH4L4.QTLP

Entry Name: Fincastle Farm, dun 330m NW of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8000

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Blair Atholl

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a dun or fortified homestead of prehistoric date.

The monument occupies the summit of a low knoll in an area of pasture, at around 330m OD. It consists of a dun or fortified homestead measuring about 25m in overall diameter. The structure is defined by a turf-covered wall measuring about 3m wide. There are several outer facing stones visible in the wall, particularly along the S arc. A gap in the wall at the SE represents the original entrance. A series of amorphous foundations within the structure may indicate the remains of secondary buildings.

Duns or fortified homesteads are defended farmsteads characteristic of the Iron Age.

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 a truncated circle with a maximum diameter of 50m, the northern boundary coinciding with a field boundary, 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 an understanding of prehistoric 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 86 SE 7.


Watson, W. J. (1915) 'Circular forts in Lorn and north Perthshire: with a note on the excavation of one at Borenich, Loch Tummel', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol. 49, 20.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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