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Dun Mor,dun,Garrabost

A Scheduled Monument in Sgire an Rubha, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.2237 / 58°13'25"N

Longitude: -6.2349 / 6°14'5"W

OS Eastings: 151436

OS Northings: 933926

OS Grid: NB514339

Mapcode National: GBR B6ZZ.YRH

Mapcode Global: WGY31.6K8G

Entry Name: Dun Mor,dun,Garrabost

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5366

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Stornoway

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgire an Rubha

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a dun on a promontory over 30m above sea level. The site was probably fortified in the Late Iron Age and occupation may have persisted until early Mediaeval times.

The dun is situated on a natural mound that drops sheer to the sea on the N and E sides. Part of the dun is encroached upon by a croft to the SE. The stone and turf wall completely enclosing the level summit of the mound has fallen over the cliff in the NW portion. There is a reasonably well preserved portion of wall along the E side: here the wall thickness is c.3.3m and the height c.0.8m. The mound rises 10m above the surrounding land. The central court of the dun is a flat area with shallow lazy-bed cultivation which cuts through the wall in the NE. The overall measurements of the enclosed summit are 35m E-W

by 22m N-S. The dun can only be safely approached from the SE.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, measuring a maximum of 50m E-W by 50m N-S centred on the dun and following the outline of the cliffs on the N, W and E sides, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a site of defensive occupation which holds evidence retrievable through excavation that is potentially important to research into aspects of late Iron Age settlement and society in the Western Isles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 53 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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