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Tobar Fuar,dun 1100m north west of Machrins,Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0642 / 56°3'51"N

Longitude: -6.2461 / 6°14'46"W

OS Eastings: 135799

OS Northings: 693840

OS Grid: NR357938

Mapcode National: GBR BDYP.KS6

Mapcode Global: WGYFH.0TYZ

Entry Name: Tobar Fuar,dun 1100m NW of Machrins,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5970

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric or early historic dun which is situated on a low knoll overlooking the shore at the NE end of Machrins Bay.

Roughly circular on plan, the dun measures about 12.5m in diameter over a wall which has been reduced to a slight stony mound. Several outer facing stones can be seen on the W, S and E, and the entrance probably lay on the NE, where a large stone appears above the turf and may form part of the SE side of the passage.

The area to be scheduled measures 40m from NW to SE by up to 30m transversely, to include the dun and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved monument which has the potential to provide information about later prehistoric architecture, economy and society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR39SE 42.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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