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Creag an Fhamhair,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Highland

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Latitude: 57.693 / 57°41'34"N

Longitude: -5.6564 / 5°39'23"W

OS Eastings: 182179

OS Northings: 872896

OS Grid: NG821728

Mapcode National: GBR D8DD.CTD

Mapcode Global: WH083.2WQW

Entry Name: Creag an Fhamhair,fort

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6235

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Gairloch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of a prehistoric fort on the summit of Creag an Fhamhair, the Rock of the Giants.

The summit of the rock is flanked on the S and E by a 2m thick wall of rough stone with larger stones forming the inner and outer faces. The N and W sides are defended by natural cliffs. The fort measures approximately 35m N-S by 35m E-W. The entrance was probably towards the W end of the S wall. At this point there is an outwork which covers the S and E sides at a lower level. This outer wall can be traced for about 20m and is constructed in a similar fashion to the main wall of the fort; it survives to a maximum height of about 0.6m.

The area to be scheduled measures about 80m N-S by 72m E-W, to include the fort, outwork 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 accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life. The scale of the surviving wall indicates that this has been a substantially defended fort.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 87 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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