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Dun Skellor

Stone Fort / Dun


From Angus's place, Dun Aonghais, head west along the A865 until the farm of the same name. I asked permission to park.

The dun or perhaps broch, suggested by Beveridge is situated behind the farmhouse. He said :

"On its east edge, for a continuous length of three yards, the exterior face of a massive curved wall (suggesting that of a broch) is disclosed in at least three courses of large stones not far from the present summit. Outside this, and at another broken part, were found some kitchen-midden remains, including pottery, with many bones and shells. In the north-west face, at about the same level as the portion of wall on the east, were also noticed three consecutive stones, apparently in original position. … this fort would seem to have a diameter of 50 to 60ft …."

All that is left now is a large grassy mound, 23m wide / 2m high, with hints of a wall poking through. There is a fair chance that evidence for the broch was carted away during the mid 19th century to built dry steen dykes and farm buildings.

Still a nice site to visit and a very nice conversation with the farm owner.

Visited 23/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th September 2019ce
Edited 7th September 2019ce

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