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ID:EHG4373
External Ref:DUNCAS14
Name:DBA and walkover survey - Duntulm Castle Hotel, Skye
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:June 2014

Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out by West Coast Archaeological Services in 2014, on behalf of Firebird Resources and Rural Design Architects, at Duntulm Castle Hotel on the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye in advance of proposed development works. The work was undertaken to conduct a baseline survey of the upstanding buildings and any archaeological remains within the application area in order to inform a strategy of mitigation to the proposed developments. The fieldwork results produced a record of archaeological structures and features within the site boundaries, which comprise the remains of a walled garden, stone dykes and enclosures, structures relating to the former Duntulm Steadings and Farm, and more ephemeral features of unknown function and origin. It is most likely that these sites relate to post-medieval settlement remains, relating to activities focusing on Duntulm Steadings and the associated farm. Evaluation and recording of the main building and steading complex was not undertaken during the walkover survey and must wait monitoring and watching briefs during the proposed site developments. A strategy of mitigation was recommended in order to safeguard the archaeological remains during the proposed developments, while recommendations were put forward outlining archaeological works to evaluate and record archaeological sites and features which may be impacted upon by the development scheme. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Duntulm Castle Hotel complex and attached annexes (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDuntulm Castle Hotel and attached bar annexe (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWNW elevation of hotel showing projecting dormers (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWNW elevation of hotel showing dormers (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWNW elevation of hotel with annexe to left in image (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGrass mound to W of ruined building (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGrass mound to W of ruined building (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone dyke and ditch to NW of steading (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone dyke and ditch to NW of steading with ruined building (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone wall forming W side o small enclosure (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGeneral view into small field including Sites 1 and 2, and other potential buried features (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone walls forming small enclosure (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone wall forming N side of walled garden (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone wall forming NE corner of walled garden (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone wall forming walled garden cut through by later access track (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone field wall enclosing field to S of drive access to hotel (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved section of walled garden (S side) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSouthwest corner of walled garden (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved west wall of garden (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesModern annexe to NE of hotel with connecting passage to steading at right in image (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesAccess to walled garden from the W with modern wall to left (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesEast elevation of steading building (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesNorth elevation/gable of steading building showing old wooden external stairs to upper floor (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDuntulm Castle Hotel with Duntulm Castle to the left in image (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGeneral view of Duntulm Castle Hotel in its landscape setting (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGeneral view of the hotel with Tulm Island in the background (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 2008 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 4139 7422 (128m by 166m)
Map Sheet:NG47SW
Civil Parish:KILMUIR
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Location:Duntulm Castle Hotel

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S.. 2014. Duntulm Castle Hotel, Duntulm, Trotternish, Isle of Skye: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Walkover Survey. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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