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An Dun,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.714 / 57°42'50"N

Longitude: -5.6906 / 5°41'26"W

OS Eastings: 180274

OS Northings: 875342

OS Grid: NG802753

Mapcode National: GBR D8BB.G77

Mapcode Global: WH082.KCFR

Entry Name: An Dun,fort

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6234

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Gairloch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Ross-shire

Description

This monument consists of a small fort on a coastal promontory.

The fort measures 20m N-S by 14m E-W and consists of the grass-grown remains of a wall, which is best preserved on the SE side where it survives to about 1.5m above the interior of the fort; elsewhere the wall survives to no more than about 0.6m in height and in places it appears to have slipped down the cliff face. The interior of the fort appears to be fairly flat and is grass-covered. On the S there are traces of an entrance formed by a gap in the wall; vitrified stone has been recorded in the past from either side of the entrance. Outside the entrance is a causeway which is defined by a natural gully on the E - the gully to the W has probably been deepened by excavation to strengthen the fort's defences.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m NNW-SSE by 60m E-W, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NG 87 NW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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