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Castle Haven,dun

A Scheduled Monument in Tain and Easter Ross, Highland

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Latitude: 57.8624 / 57°51'44"N

Longitude: -3.8053 / 3°48'19"W

OS Eastings: 292984

OS Northings: 887310

OS Grid: NH929873

Mapcode National: GBR J7ZY.7MM

Mapcode Global: WH5FW.JM5Y

Entry Name: Castle Haven,dun

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4806

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Tarbat

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross

Traditional County: Cromartyshire


The remains of a dun with outer defences. The inner wall on the edge of the promontory encloses an area 10.0m N-S by 6.5m. The outer defences consist of two ramparts and ditches, the innermost of which continues round to the seaward side as a denuded rubble wall with an entrance on the east. The area to be scheduled measures 120m N-S by 50m E-W to include the structures described above and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, as detailed in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The site is of national importance because it is an interesting example of a dun with outer defences beside a natural harbour. This can lead us to a greater understanding of Iron Age settlement and defensive structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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