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Islay, Cnoc Na Buaile Faide

Dun (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Islay, Cnoc Na Buaile Faide

Classification Dun (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Canmore ID 37687

Site Number NR36NE 17

NGR NR 3722 6755

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Killarow And Kilmeny
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR36NE 17 3722 6755.

(NR 3722 6755) Poss Dun.

Information from RCAHMS to OS.


Field Visit (April 1977)

On the summit of an elongated rocky knoll, immediately to the SE of Ballachlavin steading,there are the remains of a stone-walled enclosure which may possibly have been a dun. The knoll rises to a height of about 3m above the level of adjacent ground on the NW flank and at either end, but as much as 6m on the SE. Roughly oblong on plan, the enclosure measures about 33m by 13m over the ruins of a single stone wall drawn round the margin of the summit area. Extensive quarrying has removed nearly all traces of the wall, but at the NE end it survives as a low grass-covered bank of stony debris not more than 0.3m high and about 2m in average thickness. The position of the entrance is uncertain but the easiest approach to the summit is from the NE.

Visited April 1977

RCAHMS 1984.

Field Visit (3 July 1978)

There are no certain indications of a dun or fort on a low rocky knoll, a favourable position for defence. The summit area is fairly flat, measuring 29.0m NE-SW by 10.0m transversley, though the north-west side appears to have been quarried. Across the north-east end is a low, turf-covered bank of earth and stone, spread to 3.0m wide and 0.6m maximum height; no facing stones can be seen. The illusion of walling on the other sides may be due to vertical living rock exposed or just beneath the turf.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 3 July 1978.


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