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Fort (Prehistoric)

Site Name Phoineas

Classification Fort (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 12735

Site Number NH54SW 11

NGR NH 5335 4255

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltarlity And Convinth
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire


Field Visit (9 April 1973)

NH54SW 11 5335 4255.

At NH 5335 4255 is a fort (E Meldrum, 22 Beaufort Rd, Inverness) consisting mainly of a stone wall built across the SW approach to the summit of a rocky hill. The wall thus isolates an uneven area 120.0m NE-SW by 80.0m protected by precipitous cliffs on the N and E. The wall, averaging 3.0m wide, has been extensively robbed, but a line of boulders on edge of the outer face, and one or two of the inner face, survive for a length of c. 35.0m, with traces of rubble core extending from either end as far as the commencement of the cliff. An entrance roughly central to the SW side is denoted by a gap about 3.5m wide with the SE side flanked by a line of six boulders which project forward for 2.0m from the outer face, indicating the former existence of a forework of which no other trace survives. In the W corner is another gap about 2.0m wide which may be another entrance, but could be due to robbing.

Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Visited by OS (I S S) 9 April 1973.

Note (9 March 2015 - 18 May 2016)

The spur to the NE of the summit of Phoineas Hill forms a precipitous promontory which is defended by a single wall drawn across its relatively narrow neck on the SW. Measuring 3m in thickness, with its ends resting on the cliff-edge to either side, the wall cuts off an area measuring 120m from NE to SW by 80m transversely (0.75ha). Heavily robbed, the line of the outer face can be traced over a distance of 35m, and a few inner facing stones also remain in place. The entrance is roughly in the centre and a line of six boulders flanking its SE side projects forward from the line of the outer face. The interior is featureless.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 18 May 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2887


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