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Dun Ardtreck, galleried dun, Skye

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Latitude: 57.3347 / 57°20'4"N

Longitude: -6.4299 / 6°25'47"W

OS Eastings: 133514

OS Northings: 835812

OS Grid: NG335358

Mapcode National: GBR B9HB.KMD

Mapcode Global: WGY76.6XD0

Entry Name: Dun Ardtreck, galleried dun, Skye

Scheduled Date: 2 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7120

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Bracadale

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Mid 19th century, after 1859 (see REFERENCES). Principal 5-bay, 2-storey asymmetrical block, roughly rectangular on plan with shorter E and W elelevations, entrance to E; single storey wing extending N from E side. Asymmetrical gabled elevations, harled with undressed grey granite margins; gabletted dormer-headed windows to main block, with fleur-de-lys cusped timber bargeboards; pitched slated roof with deeply overhanging eaves, asymmetrical coped wallhead stacks; 4-pane sash and case glazing pattern.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bay main block to left, gabled bay projecting at right with entrance porch further projecting at centre, narrow lights flanking; porch of grey polished ashlar, E-facing pointed arched entrance, single narrow lights to flanks, parapet and ball-finials raised over angles.

Single 4-pane sash and case window at 2nd floor over porch in gable. 2 bays set-back to left, inner bay with dormer-headed window breaking eaves; chimneybreast to outer (left hand) bay also breaking eaves into triangular gable, in turn breaking into wallhead stack above. Single storey wing set back to right, with slightly advanced 3-light bay window to left in angle, 3-light to right.

S ELEVATION: advanced and recessed wall planes, 2-storey gabled bays projecting to either end and centre, set-back 2-storey bays with gabletted, dormer-headed windows breaking eaves in between. 3-light and 2-light windows in timber mullions, 1st floor windows in advanced gables also transomed.

N (SUBSIDIARY) ELEVATION: formerly to rear, now more prominent. Asymmetrical openings, flat-roofed stair projection in NE re-entrant angle and timber mullioned and transomed stair window to right on N elevation of main block; smaller square windows with 4-pane sash and case glazing close-up at eaves at 2nd floor.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of a well preserved galleried dun or semi-broch. Despite limited excavation, it retains considerable potential to provide information relating to Iron Age domestic and defensive architecture and contemporary economic and environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



A "Plan of the Grandholme Mills and Lands Divided into Lots for Sale", 1859 by James F Beattie, Landsurveyor (in private ownership), shows Danestone and adjacent steading which appear to pre-date both the house as it appears in the OS 1st edition map of 1869 (sheet LXXV), and the house as it appears now (1992).

This house is listed in the DIRECTORY OF GENTLEMEN'S SEATS IN SCOTLAND, 1857 edition (published Edinburgh, Sutherland and Knox). The present house may survive as a reduced version of the larger L-plan composition shown on the 1869 OS map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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