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Druimghigha, dun 340m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.5892 / 56°35'20"N

Longitude: -6.2232 / 6°13'23"W

OS Eastings: 140809

OS Northings: 752120

OS Grid: NM408521

Mapcode National: GBR CC09.J86

Mapcode Global: WGYBZ.CNS1

Entry Name: Druimghigha, dun 340m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 10 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10566

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a dun of prehistoric date, visible as upstanding remains.

The monument lies some 340m SSW of Druimghigha, on a low rocky knoll between the Allt Torr a' Bhacain and the Allt Dun Auladh burns. The remains of the dun measure 15.3m by 7m within a wall about 2.4m thick. The E side of the knoll is a sheer rock-face rising up to 9m in height; whereas the W side, by contrast, is a grassy slope little more than 2m high.

The wall has been largely reduced to a substantial spread of rubble (core material), but a number of massive facing stones, forming the lowest course of each face, survive on the SW. The entrance was probably situated on the WSW, where for a short distance the spread of rubble is thinner than elsewhere. The interior is overgrown by heather and scrub.

Duns are fortified settlement sites of Iron Age date (around 500 BC to AD 500).

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 20m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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, architecture and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 45 SW 2.


RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), Edinburgh, 104, No. 193.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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