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Carn Mor

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Carn Mor

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Kilmachalmack

Canmore ID 13035

Site Number NH59NW 2

NGR NH 5039 9853

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kincardine (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH59NW 2 5039 9853.

(NH 5039 9853) Carn Mor (NR)

OS 6"map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

The ruins of a possible broch stand about 200 yds from the graveyard of Kilmachalmag. Only the foundations remain, but if it were a broch, it was of rather small diameter. The foundations are on the edge of a wood. W J Watson 1910 and 1904.

Carn Mor, the remains of a broch, situated in the fork between two stream beds, on a rugged NE slope, survives as a mound of tumbled stones with a central depression. The outer wall face, maximum height 3 courses, can be seen in the S W arc, and in the NE for 6.0m, giving an overall diameter of 15.5m. Traces of an inner wall face were seen in the SE in 1963, giving a wall thickness of 4.3m. This is no longer evident, however, and the wall thickness cannot now be determined. There is no evidence of the entrance passage; the walling in the ENE has been removed to facilitate robbing of the broch material. No internal features survive.

To the N of the broch are the remains of an outer defence, comprising a terrace revetted with boulders, mutilated by a later track.

Revised at 1/2500. (Visited by OS (R D L) 24 May 1963).

Visited by OS (R L) 30 September 1969.

Carn Mor (NAT) Broch (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

No change to previous field report.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 27 October 1976.


Field Visit (10 September 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Publication Account (2007)


NH/5039 9853

Possible broch in Kincardine, Suther-land, consisting of a mound of tumbled stones with a central depression [1]: Both the outer and the inner face were seen in places in 1963, giving an overall diameter of 15.5m and a wall thickness of 4.3m. The inner face was no longer visible in 1969 [1]. There are suggestions of an outer defence on the north.

Source: 1. NMRS site no. NH 59 NW 2.

E W MacKie 2007


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