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Redcastle, crannog 600m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Dingwall and Seaforth, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5087 / 57°30'31"N

Longitude: -4.3622 / 4°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 258577

OS Northings: 848959

OS Grid: NH585489

Mapcode National: GBR H8LW.BL3

Mapcode Global: WH3F2.YJYM

Entry Name: Redcastle, crannog 600m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7763

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: Killearnan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Dingwall and Seaforth

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric crannog surviving as a stone cairn on intertidal mudflats. The monument is a low cairn of stones which is fully submerged at high tide. The cairn incorporates timbers which appear to have formed a framework or foundations and which have been dated to the later prehistoric period.

On the surface of the cairn there are two raised areas which may have been used for wildfowling in the recent past. Built into the cairn and partly buried within the stones are the remains of several wattle-lined pits of uncertain function.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the crannog and an area around it in which traces of associated materials may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and 65m in diameter as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric life. The preservation of the timberwork indicates that the waterlogged nature of the site has preserved the organic remains of the crannog; these organic remains relate to the domestic life and diet of the people who built and used the crannog.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 54 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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