Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Caisteal Mac Tuathal, fort 1200m NNW of Taymouth Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 56.6048 / 56°36'17"N

Longitude: -3.9912 / 3°59'28"W

OS Eastings: 277866

OS Northings: 747655

OS Grid: NN778476

Mapcode National: GBR JCJ8.6HC

Mapcode Global: WH4LV.N8N0

Entry Name: Caisteal Mac Tuathal, fort 1200m NNW of Taymouth Castle

Scheduled Date: 16 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9156

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dull

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the very well-preserved remains of an Iron Age hillfort, perched in an impressive position on a forested knoll overlooking Strathtay, at 340m OD.

The fort utilises the natural features of the knoll for its defence on the eastern side. The defences on the easiest, SW appraoch, are the best preserved, and the main wall of the fort is fronted by two massive outworks. The fort has an annex on the northern side, which is likewise protected by a wall and outwork.

The area to be scheduled measures 200m from the northernmost to the southernmost point, and 160m from the westernmost to the easternmost, to include the fort and an area around and between the visible features where other remains associated with the use of the monument are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric fort. Its importance is enhanced by its extremely well preserved field characteristics, which have led to it being described as 'one of the best-preserved forts of its kind', and by its spectacular position. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and the relationship of defensive sites to their surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 74 NE 30.00.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.