MHG6490 - Fort - Dun Eyre


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Type and Period (1)

  • FORT (Early Bronze Age to Pictish - 2400 BC? to 900 AD?)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NG45SW 5 4210 5352.

NG 4210 5352 Dun Eyre (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Dun Eyre is oval on plan, the main axis running NNW-SSE, and is bounded for the greater part of its circumference by precipitous rocks, being accessible by a steep narrow ridge from the S. The internal dimensions of the fort are 100ft long and 58ft broad. The defences consist of very slight remains of a stone wall built round the edge of the plateau at the S end of which at a lower level the face of an outer wall of boulders following a curve similar to the inner, is preserved across the ridge.
From the S end of the eminence, where the ground drops suddenly to a lower level, the approach to the fort is traceable between two lines of boulder stones set on end, 4-6ft apart, for a distance of 58ft leading north-wards to an opening in the outer wall. It then enters the
enceinte by a passage way 4ft 6ins wide through the main defence. There have been a number of buildings in the interior, of which a rectangular structure, 12ft in length by 8ft in breadth, cuts at right angles into the E side near the centre. A circular foundation 12ft 6ins in diameter, and possibly a second, lies to the W inside the entrance.
RCAHMS 1928.

Dun Eyre, a fort as described by RCAHMS and in fair condition.
Visited by OS (A S P) 30 April 1961.

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

GIS spatial data created 2018 based on IS Master Map. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 4203 5349 (57m by 73m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG45SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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