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Barr an Taolain,dun and cultivation remains 500m north west of Barr Ganuisg

A Scheduled Monument in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.9805 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -5.3346 / 5°20'4"W

OS Eastings: 192057

OS Northings: 681415

OS Grid: NR920814

Mapcode National: GBR FD6X.96V

Mapcode Global: WH1KQ.0YZ4

Entry Name: Barr an Taolain,dun and cultivation remains 500m NW of Barr Ganuisg

Scheduled Date: 13 December 1974

Last Amended: 7 July 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3547

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort); Secular: field system

Location: Kilfinan

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a fort which is situated on the summit of an elongated rocky ridge in a forestry plantation about 400m E of the shore of Loch Fyne. To its N and NW is an extensive system of rig and furrow.

The rocky ridge is aligned roughly N to S. A sheer cliff on the W provides natural defence. Elsewhere the fort has been created by a stout wall, enclosing an area of the summit some 40m by 22m. The wall is of massive blocks, particularly in its foundation course, and several stretches of outer and inner facing stones remain in position, notably on the SE. The main entrance is on the E, but there is also a gap in the SW. The interior is featureless apart from a natural gully on the W and the foundations of a small bothy which abuts the inner line of the fort wall on the E.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan and measures 220m E-W by 210m transversely to include the fort and the adjacent cultivation remains and an area around in which evidence associated with their construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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