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Dun Scriben,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.2778 / 57°16'40"N

Longitude: -4.504 / 4°30'14"W

OS Eastings: 249137

OS Northings: 823571

OS Grid: NH491235

Mapcode National: GBR H97H.5NQ

Mapcode Global: WH3G5.SBFM

Entry Name: Dun Scriben,fort

Scheduled Date: 28 August 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6220

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a prehistoric fort located on a flat-topped knoll and known locally as Dun Scriben.

The fort is oval in plan and measures 26m WNW-ESE by 30m N-S. It is defined by the tumbled remains of a drystone wall, the outer face of which is visible on its W and E sides. Stone has been cleared away from the W face, which survives to a maximum height of 1m; it is built of small thin slabs roughly coursed.

To the N the wall appears to have slipped down the slope and to the S it is obscured by tumble. There are some possible traces of the inner face of the rampart, which suggest a total width of between 3.5m and 4m. The position of the entrance to the fort is not obvious. The footings of a modern wall overlie the wall of the fort to the E and a modern shelter is built against it.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m N-S by 60m E-W, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of deposits associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 42 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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