MHG5170 - Eilean Ruairidh
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Type and Period (1)
- FORT (Undated)
- None recorded
NG51SE 2 5947 1237.
(NG 5947 1237) Structure, Eilean Ruairidh. This islet is one of a small group about 300 yards NW of Dun Scaich (NG51SE 1) and about 200 yards from the shore. Its triangular crest is surrounded by the tumbled remains of a stone wall, the debris averaging from 6 to 10ft in width. As there is an unusually large proportion of small stones, the wall could not have stood very high. Here and there a foundation course of larger stones can be traced, indicating the general outline. There are indications of internal shelters against the E side. As some small lumps of stone show distinct traces of fusion by fire, it has been assumed that this has been a vitrified fort. But such pieces are loose and sporadic in occurrence and have probably been brought to the spot. The local belief is that there was once a smithy on the island.
The remains of a vitrified fort - possibly the original castle of Dun Scaith (M E M Donaldson 1923).
The site is as described by RCAHMS. No certain evidence of vitrifaction was seen.
Visited by OS (A C) 26 June 1961.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Donaldson, M E M. 1923. Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands. 2nd, rev.. 108.
- --- Text/Report: 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. . 192, No. 613.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 5947 1237 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
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External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/11441 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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