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Islay, Kilnaughton Bay

Cave(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Kilnaughton Bay

Classification Cave(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Kilnaughton Bay 3

Canmore ID 70286

Site Number NR34SW 32

NGR NR 34 44

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 32 34 44

Apart from the caves noted on NR34SW 5 and NR34SW 6 there are about another 6 on or about 25ft OD on the coast between NR 344 450 and NR 345 440.

Islay Archaeological Survey Group 1960.

Five caves were noted in the area of the map references given above, and these are published on the OS 6" maps. They are mainly narrow with small entrances although one, that at NR 3440 4390 is 15m deep and has an average width of 4m.

One cave has some ruined drystone walling at its entrance and most have an amount of black soil with nettles just outside. As well as these caves there are a number of rock shelters, many fronted by dry stone walling. Although these caves may have been occupied, or at least used as temporary shelters, the period and extent of their use is uncertain. There are many other similar caves around the rocky coast of The Oa peninsula.

Visited by OS (BS) 3 June 1978.


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