MHG6448 - Fort - Lochan Dunan


A possible fort at Lochan nan Dunan.

Type and Period (2)

  • FORT? (Early Bronze Age to Pictish - 2400 BC? to 900 AD?)
  • ENCLOSURE? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NG47SE 10 468 706.

E of Lochan nan Dunan and the main Staffin to Kilmaluag road, on top of a large hill, are the remains of a fort. It consists of two enclosures separated by a stack 12m high.
Enclosure 1 measures 35m N-S and 28m W-E. It overlooks the land on a 55m high slope in the W and 15m in the E; to the N are 39m high cliffs. The wall is 2m wide and 0.6m in height in the NW and S. The entrance is in the W. A grass-grown circular enclosure lying in the W arc measures 8m in diameter.
Enclosure 2 measures 32m N-S and 49m W-E. It is situated on top of a more gentle slope only 10m high in the N, S and E and lower than enclosure 1. The wall survives as a grass-grown bank except in the N and W being 0.6m wide and 0.3m high. The entrance may be in the E. A modern house, now ruinous, in the S arc S of the stack is a small pit measuring 1.2m N-S and 0.8m W-E similar to the one at Dunnan na Airsuildh. <1>
Information from R Miket, October 1990.

See also <1>

This site was included in the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland online database - see link below for site entry. However, it notes that the site is below the 0.2ha threshold and may be nothing nore than a series of post-medieval enclosures. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 4686 7064 (67m by 60m)
Map sheet NG47SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KILMUIR

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