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Caisteal Rollach

Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Caisteal Rollach

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 13517

Site Number NH64SE 34

NGR NH 6932 4076

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH64SE 34 6932 4076.

Caisteal Rollach (W Mackay 1911), the remains of a fort on a slight elevation in undulating moorland.

Sub-oval on plan it measures about 30.0m NE-SW by 20.0m transversely within a wall which has been systematically robbed of its larger stone content and survives as a quarried band of small rubble stone spread to as much as 7.0m in places. At the SW corner is one slab on edge which probably represents the last fragment of the inner wall face. The entrance is not evident.

A turf-covered band of rubble about 15.m outside the W arc may be denuded outwork, but at present it is obscured by thick juniper bushes and there is so much debris scattered about that it is impossible to be certain.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 10 December 1971; W Mackay 1911

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Note (13 March 2015 - 31 May 2016)

Situated on a low rise in undulating moorland, this fortified enclosure is roughly oval on plan and measures 30m from NE to SW by 20m transversely (0.05ha) within a heavily robbed wall reduced to a band of rubble up to 7m in thickness. Another band of rubble about 15m outside the wall on the SW quarter is possibly an outwork blocking the easiest line of approach. The entrance is not visible and the interior is clothed in dense gorse and juniper.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 31 May 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2897

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