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Dun Uragaig,fort,Colonsay

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

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Latitude: 56.105 / 56°6'18"N

Longitude: -6.2126 / 6°12'45"W

OS Eastings: 138162

OS Northings: 698251

OS Grid: NR381982

Mapcode National: GBR CD1L.34R

Mapcode Global: WGYF9.JTV5

Entry Name: Dun Uragaig,fort,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 4 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5077

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The fort, dating to the Iron Age, occupies an almost detached rocky promontory with sheer cliffs falling some 30m to the sea and with access limited to a narrow neck of land on the SE. A wall some 2m thick and 60m long, standing now to a maximum height of 0.55m, defended the landward side, with a centrally placed entrance. A series of 6 or more hut foundations are built against the wall's inner face, and traces of other foundations are to be found within the interior. The scheduled area includes the entire promontory lying above sea level, NW of the lowest part of the natural chasm separating it from the mainland, an area some l50m E-W by 200m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of the evidence that it contributes to an understanding of Iron Age and possibly later settlement and domestic and defensive buildings, and because of its potential through excavation for enriching that understanding still further.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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