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Type of record:Monument
Name:Rubh an Dunain


Outside wall of dun, J Duberley, 23/07/02.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsView from top of dun wall, J Duberley, 23/07/02.  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsView of dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary Peteranna, 2010View of dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary Peteranna, 2010View of dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary Peteranna, 2010


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Grid Reference:NG 3958 1597
Map Sheet:NG31NE
Civil Parish:BRACADALE
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH

Monument Types

  • DUN (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 926: Rubh an Dunain, dun on S side of Soay Sound

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG4902
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 11021
  • NMRS Record Details: NG31NE1 SKYE, RUBH' AN DUNAIN
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NG31NE0001

Full description

NMRS notes:

NG31NE 1 3958 1597.

(NG 3958 1597) Dun (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A galleried promontory dun consisting of a wall cutting off a headland (Rudh an Dunain) which measures 80ft by 36ft in extent. The wall, built of large, squared blocks, is 12ft thick at the base and stands to a maximum height of approx. 9ft The entrance, near the N End, is checked for a door, and galleries can be distinguished within the wall.
RCAHMS 1928; R W Feachem 1963.

A galleried promontory dun as described above.
Visited by OS (C F W) 11 April 1961.


This is an unusual and impressive site. The wall cuts off a small headland from cliff edge to cliff edge, and still stands to a considerable height for much of its length. The construction is very reminicent of brochs, with an apparent passage and possible staircase within the thickness of the wall and an scarcement on the seaward side. The wall is slightlly curved, with the bow facing landward, but there is no sign of a return along the clifftop.

The entrance arrangements noted by the OS are still visible.

JW visited in the company of M.Wildgoose, S.Birch and M.Carmichael on 30/5/02.

JW 31/5/02

Photographs of the site were submitted to the HER by Mary Peteranna in June 2011. <1>

RCAHMS, 1928, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, 144, No. 483; fig. 296 (Text/Report). SHG2656.

Feachem, R W, 1963, A guide to prehistoric Scotland, 185 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2187.

MacKie, E W, 1965, 'The origin and development of the broch and wheelhouse building cultures of the Scottish Iron Age', Proc Prehist Soc Vol. 31 1965, p.93-146, 104, 139; pls. xviii, xix (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1703.

MacKie, E W, 1975, Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century, 165-6; fig. 24; plan (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2472.

<1> Private individual, 2008-11, Feedback from website visitor, Mary Peteranna, 18-06-2011 (Text/Correspondence). SHG22709.

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