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Dun, 155m south of Taigh an Gleann

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.2197 / 57°13'10"N

Longitude: -7.3958 / 7°23'44"W

OS Eastings: 74440

OS Northings: 827235

OS Grid: NF744272

Mapcode National: GBR 894M.TH0

Mapcode Global: WGV3X.CSFP

Entry Name: Dun, 155m S of Taigh an Gleann

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1992

Last Amended: 12 April 2023

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5331

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a dun, a type of fortified settlement, dating from the Iron Age (800 BC – AD 400) to Early Medieval Period (AD 400 –1000). It is visible as a round house, the artificial island on which it sits and a causeway connecting the island to the shore. The monument is located within Loch na Muilne, South Uist. 

The round house is sub circular and measures 9m by 7m internally, within a wall up to 1.5m high with the artificial island approximately 16m north-south by 20m east-west. Pottery found on the loch bed within 7m of the island suggests the the island may have originated as a crannog during the Neolithic period (4100 BC – 2500 BC). The causeway runs east to west, and is a maximum of 40m long and 4m wide. 

The scheduled area is irregular. It includes the island, causeway and an area of the surrounding loch bed, within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a particularly small island fortification, which by comparison with other such sites, and through excavation, has the potential to contribute to our understanding, both of the construction and function of such sites, and of the contemporary economy of the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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