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Vatersay, Biruaslum

Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Vatersay, Biruaslum

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Bhatarsaigh

Canmore ID 21396

Site Number NL69NW 4

NGR NL 6107 9633

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NL69NW 4 6107 9633.

(NL 6107 9633) A dun is situated on the small island of Biruaslum off the west coast of Vatersay. It is situated above a flat shelf, itself above the rocky gorge which separates the two islands, and "is a strong stone wall, the ends of which rest on the rocky shore about 100 yards apart, and which curves up for about 50 yards from the base of the hill. Viewed from the shore the outer face of the wall, that is on the concave and lower side, stands about 3 feet high, and it seems to be about 9 feet thick. On the north-western curve several bluffs of rock interpose, and the wall is discontinued at these places".

RCAHMS 1928.

This promontory fort is generally as described by RCAHMS.

It is best preserved at the south east end where the wall is 3.0m thick and 2.0m high. Attached to the uphill side of the wall at the south east angle are the remains of a small oval structure 5.5m long and 3.4m wide.

Visited by OS (W D J) 18 May 1965.


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