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Carn Ban

Stone Fort / Dun


We approached following the same route as the Thelonius's for the first time, and from this side I thought it was dun. Many years ago I'd walked from Garafad (Cadha Riach) and thought it was a cairn. From there, as Gladman says, it looks like a sizeable cairn.

The thing, to me, that made my mind up is when walls fall from a dun (or fort/broch etc) even if on flattish ground, the stone scatter is much bigger, nearby buildings tend to be built next to rather than into (i.e. Eyre Manse cairn), also stones for cairn building tend to be hard to build or the wrong shape for walls (as I know from restoring many old dry steen dykes) whereas stones for duns tend to be built, therefore easier to use.

Anyway that's my thoughts, as for the dun, beautiful views of my old friend The Quiraing, Staffin and everywhere really. Like Canmore I think the entrance is in the north west.

Visited 20/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th August 2019ce

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