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Torr Alvie

Fort (Prehistoric)

Site Name Torr Alvie

Classification Fort (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 339862

Site Number NH80NE 104

NGR NH 87701 08854

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Alvie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Inverness-shire


External Reference (2011)

A possible dun or fortification occupies an 85 x 30m area on the summit of the hill. The area is generally flat but slopes to the SW. It is enclosed by the remnants of a stony bank and a distinct change of slope. The building of the monument significantly disturbed the NE end of the site and it is considered likely that any remains of a fortification have been destroyed in this area. The SW end of the stony bank is 2–3m thick and 25m to the SW of the bank a further change in slope, 40m in length, may reflect additional fortification.

Note (22 February 2016 - 18 May 2016)

The remains of a heavily robbed fort are situated on the NE summit of the steep-sided ridge known as the Torr of Alvie, but the construction in 1840 of a monument to commemorate the Duke of Gordon (died 1836) has obliterated its NE end. An elongated oval on plan, it has measured at least 62m from NE to SW by 27m transversely (0.16ha) within a wall largely reduced to a stony bank spread up to 3.5m in thickness and little more than 0.35m in height, though in places forming a stony scarp some 0.6m in height; a few outer facing-stones remain in situ on the W and along the SE flank. In addition to this wall, a shallow ditch 2.5m broad, with traces of a low internal bank 4m thick and 0.2m high at its N end, has been drawn across the spine of the hill some 15m to the SW. There is no clear evidence of an entrance, but at the NE end the remains of the wall peter out short of the Gordon monument, and apart from the track leading up to the monument the interior is featureless.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 18 May 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC4151


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