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Druim nan Slochd, dun 250m NNW of Flodigarry Hotel

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Latitude: 57.6675 / 57°40'3"N

Longitude: -6.255 / 6°15'17"W

OS Eastings: 146355

OS Northings: 872148

OS Grid: NG463721

Mapcode National: GBR B8YG.7QK

Mapcode Global: WGY5Q.WJMV

Entry Name: Druim nan Slochd, dun 250m NNW of Flodigarry Hotel

Scheduled Date: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8457

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Kilmuir

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a dun; a defended settlement site of the later prehistoric period (c.500BC-AD500).

The dun lies at approximately 110m OD, occupying a prominent crag at the very southern tip of Druim nan Slochd. This site commands extensive views to the S, W, and E, but the view to the N is partially blocked by higher ground. Access to the dun can only be taken via a narrow causeway across two steep gullies. The external wall of the dun follows the summit of the crag to give a sub-rectangular plan, measuring a maximum of approximately 25m N-S by 15m E-W. The wall stands up to 0.3m above the interior of the dun, but is more substantial on the outer face where it drops below the level of the interior to follow the natural rock, surviving up to 2m high and 2m thick on the N face, around the entrance. The interior of the dun slopes gently towards the S, and traces of probable internal subdivisions or building footings can be identified.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, measuring a maximum of 50m N-S by 40m E-W, to include the dun and an area around it where remains associated with its construction and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract. The boundary fence, including its supports and sockets for the supports, running through the northern end of the scheduled area is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved example of a defended settlement dating from the later prehistoric period. It has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to enhance our knowledge of settlement, economy, social structure, and the natural environment in this period. The potential relationship between this monument and Dun Flodigarry broch, c. 150m to the S, further enhances the importance of this site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG47SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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