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Dun Gearymore, broch, buildings and rig & furrow, Skye

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5892 / 57°35'21"N

Longitude: -6.6265 / 6°37'35"W

OS Eastings: 123626

OS Northings: 864891

OS Grid: NG236648

Mapcode National: GBR B80N.RL8

Mapcode Global: WGX4T.5HSX

Entry Name: Dun Gearymore, broch, buildings and rig & furrow, Skye

Scheduled Date: 24 July 1934

Last Amended: 2 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM913

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch; Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and

Location: Duirinish

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The monument to be scheduled comprises the remains of Dun Gearymore broch, a variety of stone structures and surrounding cultivation remains. The broch itself is already scheduled, but this scheduling extends protection to the surrounding remains.

The broch of Dun Gearymore is situated on a rock outcrop towards the N end of the Waternish peninsula. The broch wall only survives one or two courses high and has a diameter of c. 16m. It is no longer clear where its entrance was. On the N side of the broch are the remains of at least two circular stone-walled buildings c. 9m in diameter. On the E side of the broch are the remains of two rectangular stone-footed buildings and to their N lies an area of rig and furrow cultivation remains enclosed by two stone walls. The larger of the two rectangular buildings has a linear feature on its S side. It is not clear whether this represents a backfilled defensive ditch around the broch or a trackway leading up to the building. To the W of the broch lie the remains of a further two rectangular stone buildings, the southernmost building measuring 16.5m long and 7m wide and the northernmost 12.5m long by 5.8m wide.

The area now to be scheduled measures 290m from the NE corner to the SW by 250m WNW-ESE as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as the remains of a broch and possible ancillary structures which have been incorporated into a later pattern of rectangular buildings and associated field systems. The monument has clearly visible time-depth and has the potential to provide important information about the processes of change in rural settlement and land-use patterns over almost 2000 years.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS Afforestable Land Survey Waternish, Skye and Lochalsh District, Highland region 1993.

RCAHMS The Outer Hebrides, Skye and The Small Isles 1928.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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