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Cnoc Araich, fort north of High Machriemore

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.3266 / 55°19'35"N

Longitude: -5.6389 / 5°38'19"W

OS Eastings: 169266

OS Northings: 609652

OS Grid: NR692096

Mapcode National: IRL XF.XRZB

Mapcode Global: GBR DGGM.MW1

Entry Name: Cnoc Araich, fort N of High Machriemore

Scheduled Date: 1 April 1975

Last Amended: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3648

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Southend

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Possibly J T Rochead, circa 1855. Terrace of 24, 2-bay houses of 2 different designs, grouped 10-9-5, outer groups alike, each house comprised of entrance bay flanked by canted window. Ashlar sandstone. Roll-moulded arrises to canted windows, architraves to principal openings. Gablet coped stone balustrades to steps up to entrances, some retaining pyramidal caps or ball finials. Broad tripartite doorpieces with glazed side-lights and fanlights in corniced and architraved surrounds with pulvinated friezes. 1st floor cill band.

NOS 14-22 AND 44-60: 3-storey and basement houses. Single windows above entrances to 1st and 2nd floors. Canted windows extending from basement through to 1st floor crowned with pierced fretwork parapet: stone mullioned bipartite windows behind to 2nd floor. Eaves course and cornice.

NOS 24-42: gabled 2-storey, basement and attic houses. Entrance bays with single window at 1st floor, and diamond set ashlar stack at wallhead above with moulded base. Canted windows in flanking bays extending from basement through to 1st floor where corniced; attic window in gablehead above. Eaves band, stepping in kneeler at gableheads and decoratively below wallhead stacks.

Timber sash and case windows with plate glass, 4- and 6-pane glazing patterns, some modern replacements. Grey slates.. Corniced stacks to mutual gables with tapering square section cans.

INTERIORS: not seen, 2000.

RAILINGS: spearhead iron railings remaining in run in front of higher numbered houses, with decorative gateposts.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved example of an unusually large prehistoric enclosed settlement, which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of prehistoric domestic life and defensive architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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