Dunmore Hillfort (Calander), Perthshire
Dunmore Hillfort was once an important fortification of a powerful Pict tribal leader, occupying the summit of a steep hill overlooking Loch Venachar and the Eas Gobhain river, near the town of Callander. It was built in the late Iron Age and remained in use well into the Dark Ages. It commands key passes into the Highlands.
The central enclosure is oval shaped and once included a number of round houses. The eastern side is protected by a sheer drop whilst the west side has an elaborate system of multiple ditches and ramparts.
Stone footings found on the site suggest that each rampart originally had its own curtain wall and such a structure would have been visible for miles around adding further gravitas to the site.
The name Dunmore means large fort, Dun (fort) Mhor (large), and is therefore a name not unique to this hillfort in Scotland. The views from the top are spectacular and is easy to understand why this site was chosen.
There is limited parking space opposite the bridge where you will find a footpath leading to the fort.