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Torr a'Chaisteal,dun,Arran

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4591 / 55°27'32"N

Longitude: -5.2885 / 5°17'18"W

OS Eastings: 192179

OS Northings: 623273

OS Grid: NR921232

Mapcode National: GBR FGB8.SD6

Mapcode Global: WH1NF.Q1VV

Entry Name: Torr a'Chaisteal,dun,Arran

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90306

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument comprises a dun, probably dating to the first millenniun AD, which is situated on the top of a natural knoll with good prospects of the sea.

The dun is circular on plan and measures about 14m internally within grass-covered stone walls (4m wide and up to 0.5m high); the entrance is likely to be on the SE. On the E, where the natural approaches are least steep, is a low grass-covered wall cutting off the approach. Former partial excavations of the dun recovered midden material, human bones, a quern fragment and pieces of haematite.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan and measures up to 90m from NW to SE by 60m transversely, to include the dun and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has a well defined field characteristics and, despite earlier partial excavations, has the potential to provide information about later iron age society in Scotland, particularly the unresolved issue of the place of Arran in Early Historic society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NR 92 SW 2.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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