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Dun Channa,fort,Canna

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 57.0492 / 57°2'57"N

Longitude: -6.6091 / 6°36'32"W

OS Eastings: 120588

OS Northings: 804792

OS Grid: NG205047

Mapcode National: GBR BB22.TSZ

Mapcode Global: WGX7J.G20T

Entry Name: Dun Channa,fort,Canna

Scheduled Date: 21 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5954

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a fort on an isolated stack of rock off the W coast of Canna.

The stack has been utilised as a fort by building a drystone wall on the edge of the landward side, where access is possible. The fort measures 41m NW-SE by 33m NE-SW within a wall which is about 25m long. At the approximate centre of the wall is an entrance and the

wall is about 2m thick at this point, but increases to 3m at its SE side. In the interior two D-shaped structures are built against the fort wall and there are indications of other structures under the turf.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m SW-NE by 60m SE-NW, to include the fort, the access and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to a knowledge of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 20 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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