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Erchless Castle,dun 650m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4316 / 57°25'53"N

Longitude: -4.6594 / 4°39'33"W

OS Eastings: 240440

OS Northings: 841036

OS Grid: NH404410

Mapcode National: GBR G9W2.LGC

Mapcode Global: WH2D6.DGGR

Entry Name: Erchless Castle,dun 650m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5004

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Kiltarlity and Convinth

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a sub-circular dun of the Iron Age, measuring 12.3m NE-SW by 13m transversely within a tumbled wall 2.6m wide with inner and outer faces occasionally visible. The entrance lies in the south east. Outside the dun wall on the south and east are the footings of an outer wall. The area to be scheduled, to include the dun, the outer wall and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, measures 50m in diameter as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved dun which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of Iron Age settlement and defensive structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH44SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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