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Cape Wrath Hotel, dun 930m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5466 / 58°32'47"N

Longitude: -4.7777 / 4°46'39"W

OS Eastings: 238445

OS Northings: 965402

OS Grid: NC384654

Mapcode National: GBR G6L4.D8Z

Mapcode Global: WH26Q.LF3Y

Entry Name: Cape Wrath Hotel, dun 930m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 24 December 1975

Last Amended: 29 May 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3798

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Durness

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises the remains of a dun, a late prehistoric fortified settlement, with outer defensive works. The dun is set on a spur of land about 25m above sea level, with extensive views over the Kyle of Durness. It survives today as a substantial albeit heavily quarried mound, but was originally about 22m in external diameter. Curving around the W side of the dun and cutting across the spur is a substantial ditch, on average about 5m wide and 0.7m deep, which, together with the steep slopes to N and S, would have helped to add protection to the site. The scheduled area is irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 80m WNW-ESE by 39m NNE-SSW.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a prehistoric fortified settlement. It has the potential to provide important information about the history of settlement and land use in an area which was formerly much more intensively populated than it is today.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC36NE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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