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Dun Nighean Righ Lochlainn,dun,Loch an Duin,Loch Portain

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.6379 / 57°38'16"N

Longitude: -7.1077 / 7°6'27"W

OS Eastings: 95308

OS Northings: 872371

OS Grid: NF953723

Mapcode National: GBR 88VJ.M69

Mapcode Global: WGW37.S9K1

Entry Name: Dun Nighean Righ Lochlainn,dun,Loch an Duin,Loch Portain

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5854

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a late-prehistoric fortified settlement, or dun, on a small island in Loch an Duin.

The dun stands up to 1.5m high, in a tumble of stones and bracken. It is almost circular on plan, with an outer diameter of 9.3m, and at winter water-levels rises from the water's edge. The interior is obscured, and traces of radial walling reported in 1928 are no longer visible. There is a causeway, from the shore to the NE, which is

almost completely submerged.

The area to be scheduled consists of a circle 30m in diameter to include the dun, the whole of the islet on which it stands and a portion of the loch-bed around it, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a small circular dun with a high possibility of well-preserved structural evidence and occupation deposits, which through excavation and analysis could provide important information about the domestic economy and domestic and defensive architecture of the later prehistoric period in Atlantic Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 97 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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