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Balavoulin, dun 180m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.7329 / 56°43'58"N

Longitude: -3.8453 / 3°50'43"W

OS Eastings: 287201

OS Northings: 761660

OS Grid: NN872616

Mapcode National: GBR JBWX.M9K

Mapcode Global: WH4LB.X129

Entry Name: Balavoulin, dun 180m NW of

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1965

Last Amended: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2494

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Blair Atholl

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a dun of prehistoric date. It is being rescheduled in order to clarify the extent of the scheduled area and to ensure that the most archaeologically sensitive area is covered.

The monument lies in grassland at around 220m OD. It comprises a dun measuring about 20m in diameter, defined by walls standing up to about 2m high internally. The walls were probably originally about 3m thick, but are now spread to a greater width. A number of wall facing stones are visible, particularly on the SW.

Duns such as this represent the remains of fortified settlement sites of Iron Age date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 45m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The above-ground elements of a dyke running NNE-SSW through the E edge of the area proposed for scheduling are specifically excluded from the present scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of later prehistoric defended settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NN86SE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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