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Cnoc Araich, fort north of High Machriemore

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

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

Description

The monument comprises a prehistoric hillfort which is situated on a hill spur overlooking High Machriemore to the south.

The monument is irregular in shape and measures 220m E-W by 240m N-S. The hillfort defences consist of at least three rings of ramparts and ditches, which are exceptionally well-preserved on the northern and western sides. The interior of the fort has been cultivated in the past.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling did not cover the full extent of the monument. The area now to be scheduled measures 240m E-W by 250m N-S, and runs up to but does not include the present fence line which encloses the monument on the N, W and S sides, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

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

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RCAHMS record the site as NR60NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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