Tap O' Noth Hill Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The summit of the hill is surrounded by a vitrified stone wall, encircling an oblong area roughly 100 metres by 300 metres in size. The height of the hill is such that it can be seen from almost every point in Aberdeenshire.
Within the enclosure is a shallow depression which likely served as a cistern for collecting rainwater. There is evidence of platforms, which may have served as a foundation base for wooden houses.
It seems unlikely that the fort was occupied on a permanent basis; the height of the hill and the uncertain water supply suggests that it was only intended as a temporary refuge.
The best way to reach the fort is to walk from the Brae of Scurdargue, 1.5 miles away, on the A941. It's a steep walk up the hill, and will take about an hour from the car park.
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About Tap O' Noth Hill Fort
Address: Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Walk from the Brae of Scurdargue parking area, on the A941 between Dufftown and Rhynie.
Photo Credit: Richard Slessor, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Rhynie Symbol Stones - 1.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Wormy Hillock Henge Monument - 2.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Auchindoir, St Mary's Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
Leith Hall - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Cabrach - 6.2 miles (Countryside)
Beldorney Castle - 6.3 miles (Castle)
Brander Museum - 7.5 miles (Museum)
Picardy Symbol Stone - 7.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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