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Islay, Carraig Bun Aibhne

Fort (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Islay, Carraig Bun Aibhne

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Canmore ID 37619

Site Number NR34SW 11

NGR NR 3133 4040

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kildalton And Oa
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR34SW 11 3133 4040.

Approx: NR 314 404. There is a possible fort at Carraig Bun Aibhne, on the coast.

F Celoria 1959; Information from Dr W D Lamont 1959.

NR 3133 4040. A flat-topped rocky knoll with no trace of any structure upon it. There is no other feature resembling a fort in this vicinity.

Visited by OS (BS) 3 June 1978.

Situated about 500m SSE of the deserted steading of Stremnishmore, on the irregular summit of the elongated rocky stack Carraig Bun Aibhne, there are the very tenuous remains of what has possibly been a fort.

The stack, which is aligned NW and SE, lies on the left bank of a nameless stream, in a natural amphitheatre formed by a re-entrant in the coastal cliffs. The position is moderately well defended by nature: the SW flank of the stack presents steep rock-faces up to 12.0m high, but on the NE there are grassy slopes, rising to an average height of only 3.0m above the level of adjacent ground.

The fort measures about 40m by 18m over all, and appears to have been defended by a single stone wall drawn round the irregular margin of the summit. The wall survives, at best, as a thin band of grass-grown rubble or a low stony scarp; elsewhere it has been removed by stone-robbing, or, as on the S half of the NW side, by the collapse of the rock face. The position of the entrance is probably indicated by a cleft, 3.0m wide, in the rocky scarp that forms the margin of the summit on the NNW. The low grassy scarps within the interior appear to be entirely natural in origin, although it is probable that most of the level ground on the summit has been cultivated in the recent past.

Visited November 1981.

RCAHMS 1984.

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