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Islay, Cnoc Grianail

Dun (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Cnoc Grianail

Classification Dun (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 37678

Site Number NR35SW 9

NGR NR 331 526

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

NR35SW 9 330 526.

Situated on the summit of Cnoc Grianail, a prominent rocky hillock rising 10m above the level of the surrounding machair, about 800m N of Glenegedale, there is a severely wasted stone-walled enclosure which was probably a dun. From all sides except the NW, where a low rock-face restricts immediate access, the summit may be approached with ease over gentle, grass-covered slopes.

Roughly oval on plan, the enclosure appears to have measured about 12m by 9.5m within a single wall, now reduced to a grass-grown stony scarp not more than 1.0m high from which several isolated stones and short stretches of the outer face project. No inner facing-stones can now be identified, but the original wall-thickness probably did not exceed 3.5m. The entrance presumably lay within the wide gap on the E.

Apart from an OS triangulation station, which has been erected on the inner line of the enclosure wall on the W, the interior contains no significant features.

RCAHMS 1984, visited May 1980.


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