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Dun Borranish, dun and causeway, Uig Sands

A Scheduled Monument in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.1892 / 58°11'21"N

Longitude: -7.0211 / 7°1'15"W

OS Eastings: 105033

OS Northings: 933258

OS Grid: NB050332

Mapcode National: GBR 9712.QVQ

Mapcode Global: WGW0L.3FWG

Entry Name: Dun Borranish, dun and causeway, Uig Sands

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1976

Last Amended: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3876

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises the remains of an Iron Age fortification, a dun, on a small rocky islet, together with the causeway which links the islet to the nearby shore. The dun is already scheduled, but this rescheduling extends protection to the causeway and to a small area around the islet.

The dun measures approximately 16m NNE-SSW by 12m overall, and about 7m across internally. The entrance has been to the N, from which side of the islet a curving boulder causeway crosses the surrounding sandflats to the opposite shore. Within the dun's walls are traces of several small cellular structures, and traces of clearly later structures survive outside the walls on the SW side. To the W of the islet are two small piles of stones, which may be evidence of stone-robbing.

The area now to be scheduled is roughly D-shaped, to contain the islet on which stands the dun, the causeway linking it to the shore, the small adjacent piles of stone and an area extending 5m out from the edge of the islet (as defined at high water of ordinary spring tides) on the SW, S, SE, E and NE. On the N and NW, the boundary of the scheduled area is to be defined by the edge of the opposite shoreline (as defined above). The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 50m NNE-SSW by 45m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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