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Beinn na Coille, dun 400m west of, North Uist

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.5326 / 57°31'57"N

Longitude: -7.2882 / 7°17'17"W

OS Eastings: 83637

OS Northings: 861500

OS Grid: NF836615

Mapcode National: GBR 88DT.8K7

Mapcode Global: WGW3K.0XQS

Entry Name: Beinn na Coille, dun 400m W of, North Uist

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7581

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a large grass-covered mound which is formed by the remains of an Iron Age fortified structure, or dun.

The dun lies at the foot of the W slope of Beinn na Coille. It is circular, with a diameter of about 18m, and stands up to 3m high. The centre is slightly hollowed. A few stones of what appears to be the outer wall face show on the SE side. A rectangular foundation showing on the top of the mound, and several smaller foundations nearby, probably represent medieval or later re-use of the site.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 45m in diameter to include the mound and the adjacent foundations, as well as a surrounding area in which associated remains are likely to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved Iron Age fortified settlement with remains which may indicate later re-use. The location of the monument is unusual in this area, and it may represent the re-modelling of an earlier construction, conceivably a Neolithic chambered tomb.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 SW 29.


OS 6' map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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