MHG45698 - Hut circles or platforms? - Dun Flashader


Two putative hut circles or platforms to the immediate south and west of the broch at Dun Flashader.

Type and Period (2)

  • HUT CIRCLE? (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • (Alternate Type) PLATFORM (Unknown date)

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Two putative hut circles or platforms to the immediate south and west of the broch at Dun Flashader.

(NG 3511 5349) Dun Flashader (NR)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Dun Flashader is a very dilapidated broch built on the summit of a flat-topped rocky eminence surrounded by crags about 25' in height. The inner wall of the broch shows an average height of from 3' - 5', but it is almost hidden by tumbled stones. The outer ring of the wall is traceable only on the N where the foundation stones remain in situ. The internal diameter is 34'9", and the wall at the foundation is 12'3" thick. Of the entrance passage on the W, only the N wall is traceable. In the thickness of the wall on the left hand side of the entrance there is a ruined guard-chamber or gallery 3'5" in width, while to the NE there are indications of another cell or gallery in the wall. There is the suggestion of the right wall of the entrance to this chamber still in position.
RCAHMS 1928, visited 1915; A Graham 1949.

Dun Flashader, a broch, is as described by the RCAHMS except for the following omissions:
(i) E of the broch on the top of the rocky eminence there is a horse-shoe shaped feature, possibly a wall which has collapsed but which was at least 3.0m in width and contains traces of what appears to be a collapsed gallery 0.8m wide. There is a gap to the SE, possibly an entrance, which leads into a gully in the outcrop. Within the feature is a ruined two-cell shieling hut.
(ii) To the S and W of the broch are two ruined hut circles measuring 8.0m and 6.5m in internal diameter.
Visited by OS (A C) 17 May 1961.

Dun Flashader, a broch, generally as described by RCAHMS and planned by previous OS field surveyor. The entrance door-check can be seen 1.3m along the passage from the outer wall face and a bar-hole is visible on the N side. The structure to the S is a guard chamber and not a gallery. The entrance to the opposing cell or gallery is 0.9m wide.
The feature to the E of the broch is part of a galleried wall of which a few stones of the inner face and both faces of the gallery are visible through the turf. There are also traces of walling around the S and SW rim of the eminence. Without doubt these walls are part of an earlier/ structure robbed to build the broch, but insufficient remains to assess its size and plan.
Of the alleged hut circles 'A' and 'B' on plan, 'A' is a sub-circular platform, c. 7.0m in diameter, edged by traces of a wall. Its classification is uncertain, but it does not appear to be a hut. 'B' is a roughly circular hollow, c. 8.0m in diameter, edged in the E arc by the remains of a substantial wall. It is not a hut and its purpose is uncertain.
Visited by OS (R L) 5 October 1971.

The remains of this structure stand on the summit of a flat topped rocky eminence c 7.6m high. This broch is very dilapidated and its walls survive no more than 1.5m high. There are traces of an outer wall enclosing the rock outcrop with a small entrance on its E side.
Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 28 February 1997.

Dun Flashader, NG35SE0003
Brochs were the defended homesteads of local chieftains in the Later Iron Age and are common in the northern and western Highlands. Dun Flashader is a very badly ruined example standing on a flat-topped rock overlooking Loch Greshornish in northwest Skye. Unusually for a broch, it is not in an open position, but surrounded by high crags. (57)

The circular shape of Dun Flashader is still clearly visible, in spite of its dilapidated state, which must be largely due to its close proximity of the modern settlement of Kildonan. There is one cell guarding the entrance passage and the start of a gallery survives in the wall opposite the entrance. (52)

Around the outside of the broch are a number of features, which are far harder to interpret. Some, at least, seem to indicate that the broch has been built out of an earlier structure. Others are the remains of later shieling huts. (42)

Armit, I., 1997. Celtic Scotland. Edinburgh: Batsford.

RCAHMS. 1928. The Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles. Edinburgh: HMSO, 160, No. 513.

[the large mound outside the entrance – could it be a midden?]

Information from SCRAN Project, March, 2000

Site visited and photographed by Mr & Mrs M McGuire, 7/10/03. The Highland Archaeology Challenge. See assoc. docs. File and CD for Photographic Record.
J Aikten: 21/1/03

GIS spatial data amended 2019 according to location of features as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 3511 5350 (35m by 25m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG35SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish DUIRINISH

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