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Caisteal Cona Bhacain

Settlement (Prehistoric)

Site Name Caisteal Cona Bhacain

Classification Settlement (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 23985

Site Number NN44SE 8

NGR NN 4828 4168

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Fortingall
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN44SE 8 4828 4168.

(NN 4828 4168) Tower (NR)

Caisteal Coin a'Bhacain (In Ruins)

OS 6" map (1867)

Caisteal Cona Bhacain (In Ruins)

OS 6" map (1900)

Called Caisteal a' Chonbhacain from a remarkable stone in the vicinity. The fort is oval in plan, with a long axis 95'6", and its wall, varying from 8'6" to 14'6" in thickness, is well-defined all round. The entrance is at the E end, where the wall is a little over 11' thick; in Pennant's day the doorway was still extant, "low and narrow, covered with a flag". Inside the fort, a wall, perhaps secondary, 4' thick, forms a chord from N-S except for a break immediately in front of the door (Rev J Stewart, Killin).

W J Watson 1913; T Pennant 1776

Caisteal Cona Bhacain, name confirmed (OS (WDJ) 10 September 1969) is a homestead typical of others in Glen Lyon (see NN44SE 7). It is situated on a low-lying natural shelf which has been artificially levelled, and consists of a stone wall composed of massive boulders up to two courses high and between 3.0m and 4.0m thick. Oval on plan, it measures overall 27.0m E-W by 20.0m with an indistinct entrance in the E.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (JP) 9 September 1975


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