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Dun Bachlach,dun 800m west of Balure

A Scheduled Monument in Oban North and Lorn, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4923 / 56°29'32"N

Longitude: -5.4624 / 5°27'44"W

OS Eastings: 186953

OS Northings: 738725

OS Grid: NM869387

Mapcode National: GBR DCWK.JQ0

Mapcode Global: WH0G6.224S

Entry Name: Dun Bachlach,dun 800m W of Balure

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1976

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3878

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Ardchattan and Muckairn

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban North and Lorn

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The dun occupies the top of an isolated rocky stack about 15m in height, situated 50m from the shore, on the peninsula of Fionn Ard.

Except on the NE and W, the stack presents almost sheer rock-faces in all directions. The dun wall is built around the edge of the summit to enclose an area, kidney-shaped on plan, which measures 15m from NE to SW by 6m transversely, with an entrance on the NE. A few facing stones are visible.

The area to be scheduled is trapezoidal on plan and measures 145m from NE to SW by up to 70m transversely, to include the dun and the lower terrace to the NE, an area in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved monument which has the potential to provide information about later prehistoric society and its way of life, including environmental data from associated waterlogged deposits.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the site as NM 83 NE 1.

Reference:

RCAHMS 1975, Inventory for Lorn, No. 168.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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