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Garbh Bealach, fort, 1000m south west of Sandavore, Eigg

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.8775 / 56°52'38"N

Longitude: -6.1533 / 6°9'11"W

OS Eastings: 147045

OS Northings: 783916

OS Grid: NM470839

Mapcode National: GBR CB6J.S9R

Mapcode Global: WGZBS.GD2J

Entry Name: Garbh Bealach, fort, 1000m SW of Sandavore, Eigg

Scheduled Date: 23 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10993

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a small fort surmounting a flat-topped rocky knoll.

The fort occupies the entire summit of a rocky knoll which measures about 37m N-S by 40m E-W. The lower foundations of a stone wall, around 2m thick, can be traced around the W half of the knoll. Two circular foundations, probably huts or small houses, stand at the W and NW edges of the enclosure, their walls merging with the enclosure wall. The larger of these has an entrance on the E, towards the centre of the enclosed area. The E half of the enclosure has lost almost all of its walling, which appears to have fallen down the steep slopes.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 55m in diameter, to include the entire summit of the rocky knoll, its steep sides and a small area at the foot in which related material is likely to survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to provide information about late prehistoric defended settlement and contemporary economy and land use. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to a variety of other defended sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM48SE 42.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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