MHG5194 - Dun Geilbt


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Type and Period (1)

  • DUN (Iron Age - 550 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NG50SE 1 5675 0480.

(NG 5680 0484) Dun Geilbt (NR) Remains of
OS 6"map, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Dun Gielbt is a very strong position on a spit of rock on the sea-shore at the S side of Inver Dalavil. On the S the rock is cut off from the land by a rocky chasm some 18ft deep, and at the sides and extremity which are washed by the sea at high tide, there are precipices about 30ft high. The dun has been despoiled of stones to build the neighbouring township of Caradal, now deserted. The remains of the building from the S. half of a circle only 19ft in diameter internally, and occupy the S or landward end of the rock. The wall, which shows some very small pieces of building in position on the outer face, stands 4ft in height on the inside above a few feet of fallen debris. It is 8ft thick and has a scarcement 6ins wide. There is no indication of an entrance in the wall, and its ends rest on the edges of the cliff. No foundations of the complimentary half of the building can be traced, but they are possibly covered by moss.
RCAHMS 1928.

Not a broch, but embodies features which appear in broch architecture.
A Graham 1951.

Dun Geilbt, described by the RCAHMS; in fair condition.
Visited by OS (A S P) 21 June 1961.

Recorded in February 1994. Full details are lodged with Dualchas, Skye and Lochalsh Museums Service.
Sponsor: Clan Donald Lands? Trust.
Dualchas 1994d.

This site was included in the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland online database. See link below for site entry. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 5675 0481 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG50SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SLEAT

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