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Loch nic Ruaidhe, dun, Barra

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 56.9901 / 56°59'24"N

Longitude: -7.4318 / 7°25'54"W

OS Eastings: 70231

OS Northings: 801896

OS Grid: NF702018

Mapcode National: GBR 8B17.NRN

Mapcode Global: WGV51.TK7P

Entry Name: Loch nic Ruaidhe, dun, Barra

Scheduled Date: 8 November 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11247

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Barra

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a later prehistoric (probably Iron Age) island dun, situated in Loch Nic Ruaidhe on Barra.

The scrub-covered island has a conical profile. It measures 22m from E-W and is situated about 30m from the N shore of the loch. Some traces of a wall-face are visible, and a submerged causeway connects the island with the adjacent shore. This appears to be the only island in the loch that has evidence for structures on it.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan measuring 58m from N-S by 40m transversely, to include the dun, its causeway and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved island dun and causeway. Presumed to be later prehistoric in date, the monument has high archaeological potential for the recovery of evidence relating to the construction and use of the site. This would inform our understanding of later prehistoric society in the Western Isles and how this relates and compares to life elsewhere at this time. Significant waterlogged deposits are likely to survive within and around the visible remains, with the potential for the recovery of organic artefacts and structures, as well as high quality information relating to the past economy and the environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NF70SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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