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Scalpay, Loch An Duin

Dun (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Scalpay, Loch An Duin

Classification Dun (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 10945

Site Number NG29NW 2

NGR NG 2246 9661

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Harris
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG29NW 2 2247 9659.

(NG 2247 9659) Dun (NR) (Site of)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

J Wedderspoon (see F O Blundell 1913) refers to two islands in Loch an Duin about 20 yards apart, both of which have the appearance of being artificial, and said to be defended sites. A causeway from the shore (said to be submerged by the RCAHMS) is continued between the two islands.

That to which the published name refers, is described by the Name Book (1878) as "a small green island" the site of "an ancient fort", and by he RCAHMS as having the shape of a truncated cone covered with vegetation, unlike the other islands in the loch.

F O Blundell 1913; Name Book 1878; RCAHMS 1928, visited 1914.

The scant remains of a dun defined by a discontinuous outer wall-face around the edge of a natural islet which has possibly been artificially enlarged to accomodate it.

Visited by OS (N K B) 7 July 1969.


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