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Dun Domhnuill,fort,Oronsay

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

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Latitude: 56.0209 / 56°1'15"N

Longitude: -6.2473 / 6°14'50"W

OS Eastings: 135426

OS Northings: 689027

OS Grid: NR354890

Mapcode National: GBR BDYS.Z3J

Mapcode Global: WGYFP.0XCP

Entry Name: Dun Domhnuill,fort,Oronsay

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5140

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 is situated on a detached rocky ridge on the south-east flank of Beinn Oronsay. It measures 68m E-W by 24m N-S, over a wall up to 3.5m thick. On the north-east are foundations of two oval huts, built over the collapsed fort wall; and west of these a basin (0.5m across and 0.3m deep) has been carved into a rock outcrop. The area to be scheduled includes the entire fort and the rocky outcrop on which it stands, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the information that it provides, and has the potential to provide through archaeological excavation, for settlement, economy, and material culture (particularly defensive and domestic architecture) in the Iron Age (c. 600 BC ' c. AD 400).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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