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Ord Hill,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Black Isle, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5123 / 57°30'44"N

Longitude: -4.2319 / 4°13'54"W

OS Eastings: 266392

OS Northings: 849097

OS Grid: NH663490

Mapcode National: GBR H8XV.XYM

Mapcode Global: WH3F4.YFYV

Entry Name: Ord Hill,fort

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1965

Last Amended: 19 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2499

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Knockbain

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Black Isle

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument is an extensive prehistoric fort in a hill top location.

An extensive fort encloses an area about 265m NE-SW by 115m NW-SE on the rocky uneven summit of Ord Hill. The wall of the fort is mainly overgrown with turf and trees, but is visible around most of its circuit. The easiest approach is to the SW and this is blocked by 2 curving rubble walls, the outer spread to about 6m and the inner to 8m. There are 2 possible entrances visible on the SW side of the fort.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 240m SW-NE, by 165m NW-SE, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute towards an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic settlement. The size of this fort suggests that it would have been particularly important in contemporary society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NH64NE37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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