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ID:MHG2780
Type of record:Monument
Name:Torr Dhuin
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Sites and Monuments Record Card  © Highland Council (File size: 1341 KB)Fieldwork report  © Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd (File size: 30476 KB)
Grid Reference:NH 3487 0695
Map Sheet:NH30NW
Civil Parish:BOLESKINE AND ABERTARFF
Geographical Area:INVERNESS

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 794: Torr Dhuin, fort, Fort Augustus

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG2780
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 12212
  • NMRS Record Details: NH30NW1 TORR DHUIN
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH30NW0001

Full description

Site photographed by Christine Yuil, 10/2002 - see thumbnail photo.
J Aikten : 22/1/04

NH30NW 1 3487 0695.

(NH 3487 0695) Torr Dhuin (NAT) Vitrified Fort (NR) (Remains of)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Surmounting Torr Dhuinn, or Torr Duin (R W Feachem 1963) , a rocky knoll whose E side is a 200' precipice, is a vitrified dun, with two possibly earlier outer unvitrified defences, protecting the N, W, and S arcs.
The dun is irregularly oval on plan, (T Wallace 1921) and measures c. 19.0m N-S by 10.0m within an overgrown vitrified wall c. 3.5m thick in the N where it is best preserved. No wall faces nor entrance are evident. A trench across the N half is probably an excavation trench. Outside the dun and enclosing the summit of the knoll are the poor remains of a wall which survives mainly as a terrace. A short stretch of wall core survives in the N and the discontinuous footings of the outer wall face can be traced in the N, W, and S arcs. Although there is some tumble below on the slope, the poor state of this wall suggests it has been robbed to build the dun. A gully leading up the slope in the SW is the entrance. It cuts through the line of the wall where its NW side is flanked by a line of earthfast stones, but its SE side is obscured and the width of the entrance is uncertain. Near the base of the knoll is a boulder-faced rubble wall with an entrance in the S. The inner face is visible for about 11.0m in the NW and one or two outer facing stones at this point give a wall thickness of 1.7m. A line of earthfast stones flanking the entrance suggests that here the wall increased to c. 3.0m. The other side of the entrance is mutilated and the width cannot be ascertained. Although Cotton (M A Cotton 1954) states that "traces of vitrification have been observed in this wall", only pieces that have fallen from the dun can be seen, and it is undoubtedly not vitrified. See 1:1250 enlargement. (OS (R D) 5 May 1964)
Visited by OS (A A) 21 October 1970; A Ross 1915

The outer face of the medial wall can also be traced in the E above the crags some 4.0m outside of and below the vitrified wall. Here are several large lumps of vitrifaction but these have probably dropped down from the dun wall. One stone on the W side of the entrance through the outer wall indicates an entrance width of 1.7m.
Visited by OS (J M) 6 September 1974

(NH 3485 0693) Torr Dhuin (NAT) Fort (NR)
OS 1/10000 map, (1970)

No change to previous field reports.
Revised at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (J M) 19 February 1979

Drumnadrochit & Fort Augustus Local Plan, Oct. 1991: P13/2.39. Ancient Mons. & Archyl. Sites.

A topographic survey of the surviving vitrified stone walls and earthworks was carried out by Rubicon Heritage Services in 2014 on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland. The purpose of the survey was to provide an enhanced baseline record of the upstanding remains at the site to inform future conservation and management of the monument. The results of the survey enabled the production of 3D digital terrain models. <1>


Fort Plans : Tor Doune & Dun Evan. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11550.


Ross, A, 1915, 'Dun-Dhearduil and Tor-Duin hill forts', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club Vol. 7 1906-12, p.18-32, 23-7 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG674.


Wallace, T, 1921, 'Archaeological notes', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club, Vol. 8 1912-18, p.87-136, 106-7; plan 107 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG195.


Cotton, M A, 1954, 'British camps with timbered-laced ramparts', Archaeol J, Vol. 111, pp 26-105, 78 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG288.


Feachem, R W, 1963, A guide to prehistoric Scotland, 181 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2187.


<1> Baker, L. and O’Flaherty, E., 2014, Archaeological Measured Survey of Torr Dhuin late prehistoric fort, near Fort Augustus (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG26599.

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MHG44720Parent of: Vitrified dun - Torr Dhuin, near Fort Augustus (Monument)

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EHG3493Topographic survey of Tor Dhuin, Fort Augustus (Ref:PFHS10)
EHG4368Topographic survey - Torr Dhuin hillfort, near Fort Augustus (Ref:CGRF14)

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