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Balnacraig,dun 550m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5386 / 57°32'18"N

Longitude: -4.8639 / 4°51'50"W

OS Eastings: 228669

OS Northings: 853440

OS Grid: NH286534

Mapcode National: GBR G8CS.W9G

Mapcode Global: WH2CJ.8S37

Entry Name: Balnacraig,dun 550m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5472

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Contin

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of a dun situated on a rocky spur in a coniferous forestry plantation. The dun is oval in plan, measuring about 19m E-W by 7m N-S within a tumbled stone wall. The outer wall face is visible all round and survives to a maximum height of 1.1m (7 courses) in the SW. To the W the inner wall face is visible and gives a wall thickness at this point of 5.5m. It appears that the enclosing wall was much stronger on the W than around the rest of the circumference, where it appears to have been about 3.5m to 4.0m thick.

An entrance is visible to the W: the N side of the passageway survives to a height of 2 courses, but the S side has tumbled over the crag. There are indications of a possible internal stabilizing wall in the N and the E. The interior of the dun is featureless. The area to be scheduled measures 50m E-W by 40m N-S, to include the dun and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the dun may survive, as shown in red on the map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to our understanding of the construction of prehistoric forts and the nature of domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 25 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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