Category Archive: Virtified Fort

Sep 27

Knockfarrel, Ross and Cromarty

Knockfarrel Knockfarrel (Gaelic, cnoc, hill; faire, watch, or guard) Ross & Cromarty 2 1/2 miles west of Dingwall NH 505585 Vitrified Fort This had substantial ramparts made of stones with a timber frame, enclosing a large area and making good use of the natural defences of the hill-top.. At some time, the timber of the …

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Sep 27

Mote of Mark, Dumfries

Mote of Mark Mote of Mark, Rockcliffe. Dumfries & Galloway 4 miles south of Dalbeattie NX 845540 Vitrified Fort The Mote of Mark is a defended hilltop overlooking the Urr estuary. It was the court or citadel of a powerful Dark Age chieftain, possibly one of the princes of Rheged. The site was occupied during …

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Sep 27

Eileen na Goar, Highlands

Eileen na Goar   Eileen na Goar is a large vitrified fort, situated on the island at the entrance of Loch Ailort. This island, locally termed Eilean na Goar, is the most eastern and is bounded on all sides by precipitous gneiss rocks; it is the abode and nesting place of numerous sea birds. The …

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Sep 27

Arka Unskel, Highlands

Arka-Unskel Arka Unskel is 2½ miles ESE of Arisaig at NM693839 and has also been known as Ard Ghaunsgoik and Ard Ghamhgail. Described as on a promontory on the north side of Loch nan Uamh with a heavily vitrified wall. – Richard Feachem’s “A guide to Ancient Scotland” At the point where Loch na Nuagh …

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Sep 27

Finavon, Angus

Finavon, Angus . Finavon Hill has attracted a great deal of archaeological interest from antiquarians and archaeologists over the years especially since it displayed traces of vitrified rock. It was planned 100 years ago by David Christison and was subject to extensive excavations undertaken by Prof. Gordon Childe between 1933-5. That the fort had been …

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Sep 27

Castle Point, Troop

Castle Point, Troup Grid ref: NJ 837 661 Ordnance Survey Landranger series sheet no.s 29 and 30 10 miles W of Fraserburgh. Access to this promontory fort is by a motorable track N from the B9031 W of the steep-sided valley of the Tore of Troup. The site, which dominates the little Cullykhan Bay, is …

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Sep 27

Wincobank, South Yorkshire

Wincobank – Sheffield 1903 OS map of Wincobank Location Wincobank (W.R.), Hillfort (SK/378910) 2.5 miles NE of center of Sheffield. Finds in Sheffield Museum. Description “This is an oval fort with an internal area of 2.5 acres. A bank, ditch and counterscarp bank are continuous around it except on the N side where ditch and …

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Sep 27

Castercliff, Lancashire

Castercliff Aerial view of Castercliff Directions. 0/S 1:50,000 series map 103 ref. 885384. Leave Nelson on the A6068 towards Colne, and turn right after passing under the railway bridge at Colne station. Follow this out of the town, up the steep hill until the gradient eases, and the hillfort is on the right at a …

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Sep 27

Almondbury, West Yorkshire

The Day Castle Hill Burned Down Why was the Iron Age hill fort razed to the ground and abandoned? View of Castle Hill, Almondbury, as it looks today with the Victorian tower on the top. Also Varley plan of Almondbury. Underneath these medieval earthworks is a series of earlier defenses which dates back to the …

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Sep 27

Tap O’Noth, Inverurie

Tap O’Noth Grid ref: NJ 484 293 Ordnance Survey Landranger series sheet no. 37 20 miles W of Inverurie. The approach to this, the second highest fort in Scotland, involves a somewhat arduous walk from Brae of Scurdargue, approximately 1 ½ miles NW of Rhynie on A941 to Dufftown. The site crowns the conspicuous 562 …

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