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Mas Na Buaile

Promontory Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Mas Na Buaile

Classification Promontory Fort (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 5788

Site Number NC66SE 21

NGR NC 672 634

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Tongue
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC66SE 21 672 634

A 2ha promontory has been fortified with a strong wall 80m long and up to 4m wide and 1.5m high with inner and outer facing stones visible. A cliff section reveals an earthen core and the entrance lies near the walls' S end. Part of the interior has been disturbed but no structures are visible. A modern dyke lies at the foot of slope below the wall.

D W Ross 1987.

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Note (4 February 2015 - 4 August 2016)

Access to a large cliff-girt coastal promontory to the NE of Skerray has been blocked by a thick earth-cored wall up to 4m in thickness by 1.5m in height. The wall is positioned on the crest of the slope rising up on the seaward side of the neck, which is about 60m wide at this point. It is broken by an entrance at its SE end. The interior follows the irregular indentations of the cliff-line, which at the seaward descends across broken outcrops to the sea, and measures a maximum of 160m from N to S by about 75m transversely, an area of about 1.5ha. A more recent dyke set at the foot of the slope below the wall encloses the promontory in a very similar fashion.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 04 August 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2784

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