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South Uist, Askernish, Loch An Eilein

Dun (Period Unassigned)

Site Name South Uist, Askernish, Loch An Eilein

Classification Dun (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Aisgeirnis

Canmore ID 9868

Site Number NF72SW 9

NGR NF 7451 2372

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish South Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF72SW 9 7451 2372.

(NF 7451 2372) The remains of a dun occupy the south-western half of the more southerly of two small islands lying in Loch an Eilein, about 700 yards east of Askernish House, South Uist. It is about 70 yards from the western shore. The tumbled mass of stone rises about 6ft above the loch level. The landward end of a submerged causeway can be traced under water from a peninsula to the NW of the island. The course is slightly tortuous, apparently to utilise several rocks which appear above water near the landward end.

RCAHMS 1928.

The remains of this dun are as described above. No trace of the causeway can now be seen.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 11 May 1965.

NF 7451 2374 Loch an Eilean, Askernish. A natural island, heavily modified to the S and W, coming up sharply from the water level for 2-3m; possibly a 'high cairn crannog' if the loch level had been higher. A stretch of stones extends from the island to the NW. It is visible for about 1m, and may be the remains of a boat noost. This may be the causeway recorded by the RCAHMS (1928) but the stones do not extend any further.

Sponsors: Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, King Alfred's College.

J A Raven and M Shelley 2003

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