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An Dunan,fort,Islay

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

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Latitude: 55.6452 / 55°38'42"N

Longitude: -6.1463 / 6°8'46"W

OS Eastings: 139213

OS Northings: 646876

OS Grid: NR392468

Mapcode National: GBR CF6S.PHS

Mapcode Global: WGZJS.KCDM

Entry Name: An Dunan,fort,Islay

Scheduled Date: 16 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5733

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kildalton

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a fort which occupies the summit of an isolated rocky ridge 800m ENE of Kilbride farmhouse.

The summit of the ridge is defended by a single stone wall (reduced for much of its circuit) drawn around the summit to enclose an area which measures 50m by 20m. On the SE three courses survive. Good use has been made of the natural rock which has been incorporated into the structure of the wall in many places. The position of the entrance is uncertain, but this was probably situated on the SW.

Only limited space within the interior would have been suitable for habitation.

The area to be scheduled measures 110m E-W by 45m transversely to include the fort and an area around in which evidence associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its well-defined field characteristics and for its group value as a part of a local landscape which has a heavy density of multi-period prehistoric and early Christian monuments. The monument has the potential to provide information about the development of later prehistoric society in Islay.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 34 NE 8.


RCAHMS (1984) Inventory for Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay, No. 127.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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