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Dun Tealtaig,fort,Colonsay

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

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Latitude: 56.1068 / 56°6'24"N

Longitude: -6.2008 / 6°12'2"W

OS Eastings: 138908

OS Northings: 698397

OS Grid: NR389983

Mapcode National: GBR CD2K.VZH

Mapcode Global: WGYF9.QRFV

Entry Name: Dun Tealtaig,fort,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5216

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 occupies a rocky promontory, protected by cliffs or steep slopes on all but the SW side. A wall, appearing as a low bank of earth and rubble core material, now encloses only the E and S sides, but may once have extended around the entire promontory. Inside there are two U-shaped enclosures formed by low earth and stone banks, an oval, levelled scoop and a rectangular enclosure possibly representing remains of a house. The scheduled area includes the summit of the promontory, a maximum area some 50m (N-S) by 45m (E-W), 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 towards an understanding of Iron Age (and possibly later) settlement and domestic and defensive buildings, and because of its potential, through excavation, for enriching this understanding still further. Its significance is also enhanced by its proximity to the fort of Dun Uragaig, with which it is quite probably contemporary.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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