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Balchriston Crossing,dun 320m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.3636 / 55°21'49"N

Longitude: -4.7512 / 4°45'4"W

OS Eastings: 225721

OS Northings: 611180

OS Grid: NS257111

Mapcode National: GBR 44.449P

Mapcode Global: WH2Q6.ZGP1

Entry Name: Balchriston Crossing,dun 320m E of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5785

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Kirkoswald

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises a later prehistoric dun which is situated on an elevated point of land between the junction of the Rancleugh Burn and a nameless burn. It is cut off from level ground to the E by a broad gully about 3.5m deep.

The dun is circular and measures about 15.5m in diameter over a stone wall spread to a thickness of up to 5.3m. The entrance lies on the NNE, and a bank of rubble on the S, NW and N may indicate the presence of a defensive outwork.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 70m from NW to SE by 50m transversely, to include the dun and an area around in which evidence associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a relatively rare type, with well defined field characteristics, which has the potential to provide information about the nature and structure of later prehistoric society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 21 SE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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