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Poll An Fhraoich

Promontory Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Poll An Fhraoich

Classification Promontory Fort (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 14120

Site Number NH73NW 3

NGR NH 7278 3965

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH73NW 3 7276 3965.

At NH 7276 3965 is a fort occupying a precipitous promontory which measures c. 60.0m NE-SW by c. 25.0m. Across the neck of the promontory in the NE is a robbed wall spread to c. 4.0m with one or two blocks on edge surviving of the outer wall face. At each end the wall turns to the SW and continues for about 15.0m along the top of an increasing slope until it is lost on the cliffs surrounding the promontory.The ill-defined entrance, c. 1.5m wide, is towards the centre of the wall. Cameron (1882) states that the interior has been hollowed and the ground thrown up in trenches around the other sides, but this is erroneous. It is naturally uneven and there are no traces of additional defences. Surveyed at 1:2500. (OS [WDJ]) 6 September 1963)

(Un-named detail shown on OS 25"map, 1967.)

D Cameron 1882; Visited by OS (NKB) 15 April 1970.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 3 January 1972.


Note (16 March 2015 - 31 May 2016)

This small fortification occupies a steep-sided and precipitous promontory formed in an angle on the NW side of the gorge cut by the River Nairn E of Daviot. Its defences comprise a single wall drawn across the neck on the NE and returning some 15m along its margins to cut off an area measuring about 60m from NE to SW by about 25m transversely (0.12ha). The wall is spread up to 4m in thickness and occasional outer facing-stones are visible along its line; it is pierced by a central entrance. The interior is featureless.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 31 May 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2901


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