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Balnagleck, dun 350m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.4665 / 55°27'59"N

Longitude: -5.6673 / 5°40'2"W

OS Eastings: 168288

OS Northings: 625304

OS Grid: NR682253

Mapcode National: GBR DGD8.6WV

Mapcode Global: WH0LX.XVHN

Entry Name: Balnagleck, dun 350m NE of

Scheduled Date: 1 August 1975

Last Amended: 15 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3696

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Killean and Kilchenzie

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a later prehistoric or early historic dun which is situated on a level promontory on the hillside 350m NE of Balnagleck farm.

Roughly oval in plan, the dun measures approximately 25m E-W by 20m N-S. The walls consist of low banks 2m wide and 0.5m high, with occasional very large boulders. An entrance to the E is marked by three large stone blocks, defining an entrance passage 1.5m wide and at least 2m long.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling was wrongly located. The area now to be scheduled is circular and measures 65m in diameter, to include the dun and an area around it in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of a typical later prehistoric or early historic enclosed settlement which has the potential to considerably increase our understanding of later prehistoric or early historic domestic life and defensive architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NR62NE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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