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North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist

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Aird a' Mhorain Cup Marked Stone
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Airidhan An T-sruthain Ghairbh Chambered Cairn
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Airidh na h-Aon Oidche Chambered Cairn
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Ardnamonie Cairn(s)
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Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn
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Barpa Nam Feannag Chambered Cairn
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Beinn A'Charra Standing Stone / Menhir
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Beinn A' Charra (North Uist) Standing Stone / Menhir
Beinn Bhreac Cairn(s)
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Berneray
Cailleacha Dubha Chambered Cairn
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Caolas Fhlodaigh Promontory Fort
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Caravat Barp Chambered Cairn
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Carinish Stone Circle
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Carnan Buidhe Cairn(s)
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Carnan Nan Long Chambered Cairn
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Clach An T-sagairt Natural Rock Feature
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Clach Mhor A'che Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cladh Hallan Round Houses Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cleitreabhal A Tuath Chambered Cairn
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Clettraval Chambered Cairn
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Cnoc A' Chaisteal Souterrain
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Corary Cairn(s)
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Craig Hasten Natural Rock Feature
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Craonaval Chambered Cairn
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Craonaval North Chambered Cairn
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Cringravel Cairn(s)
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Crois Chnoca Breaca Standing Stone / Menhir
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Crois Mhic Jamain Standing Stones
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Dun an Sticir Broch
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Dun Aonais Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Ban Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Ban (Grimsay) Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Buidhe Broch
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Dun Fhearchair Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Grogary Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Mor, Baleshare Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Na Carnaich Chambered Tomb
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Dun Na Dise Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Nighean Righ Lochlainn Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Olavat Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Rosail Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Scarie Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Scolpaig Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Scor Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Skellor Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Thomaidh Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Torcuill Broch
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Dun Trossary Chambered Cairn
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Eilean A'Ghallain Stone Fort / Dun
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Geirisclett chambered cairn Chambered Cairn
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Grimsay Wheelhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Gunisary Bay Stone Fort / Dun
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Kilpheder Wheelhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Leac Nan Cailleachan Dubha Standing Stones
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Loch Glen Na Feannag Chambered Cairn
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Loch Hornary (Grimsay) Stone Fort / Dun
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Loch Nan Gearrachan Stone Fort / Dun
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Loch Nan Struban Stone Fort / Dun
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Loch Na Caiginn Stone Fort / Dun
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Maari Standing Stone / Menhir
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Na Fir Bhreige Standing Stones
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Oban Nam Fiadh Chambered Cairn
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Oban Trumisgarry Stone Fort / Dun
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Pobuill Fhinn Stone Circle
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Pollachar Standing Stone / Menhir
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Reineval Chambered Tomb
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Rubha Bhidein Stone Circle
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Sig More Chambered Cairn
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Sloc Sabhaidh Wheelhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Sornach a' Phobuill Stone Circle
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South Clettraval Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stiaraval Chambered Cairn
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Striachclete Chambered Cairn
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Suidheachadh Sealg Stone Circle
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Tigh a Ghearrhaidh Cist
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Tigh Cloiche Chambered Cairn
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Toroghas Standing Stones
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Ultach Fhinn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Uneval Chambered Cairn
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Vallay Strand Cairn(s)
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Leac A' Mhiosachan Burial Chamber

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'Incredibly rare' find in Western Isles prehistoric forest

Archaeologists have found evidence of early human activity at a submerged prehistoric forest in the Western Isles.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th January 2019ce

3,500-year-old basket excavated at North Uist beach


From the BBC...

"An artefact thought to be 3,500 years old that was uncovered by the tide on a Western Isles beach has been excavated before being washed away.

The prehistoric basket was discovered in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land at Baleshare in North Uist... continues...
1speed Posted by 1speed
14th November 2014ce

History Dig Debris An Eyesore No More

Uist volunteers clear up former archaelogy site.

With the offering thread in full swing, archeaologists sometimes leave things lying about as well.

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1760165

Published 1/06/2010.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
1st June 2010ce

Dig at Ruins Uncovered by Storm


Archaeologists are excavating the remains of houses believed to date back 2,000 years after they were uncovered by a ferocious storm.
Fife-based charity Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (Scape) is leading a community project at the site on North Uist... continues...
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
27th June 2007ce
Edited 27th June 2007ce

Iron Age chamber found under tractor

An underground chamber undisturbed since the Iron Age was revealed on North Uist when a 10ft hole opened beneath the wheel of a tractor.

Full article can be seen at The Herald's website.
Hob Posted by Hob
4th September 2006ce
Edited 4th September 2006ce

'Mummies' found at Cladh Hallan


Robin McKie, science editor
Sunday March 16, 2003
The Observer

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of two embalmed humans, providing the first proof that ancient Britons made mummies of their kings and queens... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th March 2003ce
Edited 30th August 2007ce

Folklore

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There are several big Kairnes of Stone on the East-side this Island [ South Uist ], and the Vulgar retain the antient Custom of making a Religious Tour round them on Sundays and Holidays.
From 'A description of the Western Islands of Scotland' by M. Martin, 2nd edition, 1716.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2016ce

Folklore connecting the stones with the Fianna: I'm not sure which particular sites might be referred to but you may know specifically?
Here in S. Uist are places which we call 'Sorrachd Choire Fhinn.' Up yonder on the hillside are four great stones upon which they set their great kettle, and there are plenty of other places of the same kind. (The square is made with four large flat stones on edge, the sides being set N.S.E.W., five feet by three, inside the oblong. Near this monument are several fallen menhir, tall standing stones.)

The standing stones which you may see in these islands we call Ord Mhaoraich or Ord Bharnaich, bait hammers or limpet hammers. People say that they used these to knock off limpets and pound shells, as we use stones now; but that I do not believe. They say that one of them threw one from the shore up to the hillside near the north end of South Uist, but that cannot be true.
From 'The Fionn Saga' by George Henderson, in 'The Celtic Review' July 15th 1905.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2009ce
Edited 15th December 2009ce

This folklore refers to South Uist, and is from Martin's 'Description of the Western Isles of Scotland' (a tour which he undertook in 1695). It's a shame but I cannot work out where Gleann 'Slyte' must be.
There are several big cairns of stone on the east side this island, and the vulgar retain the ancient custom of making a religious tour round them on Sundays and holidays.

There is a valley between two mountains on the east side called Glenslyte, which affords good pasturage. The natives who farm it come thither with their cattle in the summer time, and are possessed with a firm belief that this valley is haunted by spirits, who by the inhabitants are called the great men; and that whatsoever man or woman enters the valley without making first an entire resignation of themselves to the conduct of the great men will infallibly grow mad. The words by which he or she gives up himself to these men's conduct are comprehended in three sentences, wherein the glen is twice named, to which they add that it is inhabited by these great men, and that such as enter depend on their protection.

I told the natives that this was a piece of silly credulity as ever was imposed upon the most ignorant ages, and that their imaginary protectors deserved no such invocation. They answered that there had happened a late instance of a woman who went into that glen without resigning herself to the conduct of these men, and immediately after she became mad, which confirmed them in their unreasonable fancy.
The book is on line at the Appin Regiment site, here:
http://www.appins.org/martin.htm
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st October 2007ce
Edited 21st October 2007ce

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Pobuill Fhinn (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The last stop on this trip was Pobuill Fhinn, a place I last visited when playing gigs at Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale many years ago.

Its a beautiful oval shaped site and there's no need for me to add anything else.

However if looking for Fionns Grave, you'll struggle as it is well covered in heather which is perhaps a good thing as it can observe the beautiful view looking south undisturbed.

With that, it was back to Lochmaddy to catch a ferry.

Visited 30/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th December 2019ce

Eilean A'Ghallain (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

An attempt to walk to the dun proved futile as a few steps from the road, heading west, led to 'that sinking feeling, as wellington boots began to fill with water. Incessant rain had made the grass look greener it also had made sure the marsh was working well, so I beat a hasty retreat to the safety of the road.

Go to the end of road, instead of turning east to Dun Thomaidh, keep going. The dun is to the west, a further dun further west will have to wait till he next time.

Apparently a causeway was on the east side as described by Beveridge, no chance of looking for that.

Visited 24/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th December 2019ce

Cleitreabhal A Tuath (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

A final trek up to Clettraval led to an unexpected discovery of the remains of another chamber cairn, a conversation with our new found friends at Berneray helped.

About 300m short of the view point look west and downhill, the site can be clearly seen. Just beyond is the cairn at Corary.

Being 20m wide and 4m tall, several huts presumably shooting butts have been made. However on the south side at least 5 kerbs remain providing evidence of the cairns existance.

On a really clear day St. Kilda can be seen from here, makes you wonder if that was the reason for its positioning.

Visited 29/7/2019
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th December 2019ce

Dun Torcuill (Broch) — Links

Canmore


Tremendous photographs. High on the list for my next visit to North Uist, sad that its come to my attention a year or so before I intended to go.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th November 2019ce

Dun Torcuill (Broch) — News

North Uist Iron Age site damage investigated by police


Police are investigating a reported unauthorised excavation at an Iron Age site in the Western Isles.

More info :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50374336
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th November 2019ce

Vallay Strand (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Not to much to see at this heather and turf covered cairn which sits at 12m by 6m by at least 0.5m high. The fence is still just the south east, in area that is a maze of fences.

A few bits of cairn material can be seen and if you tap your foot round the edge of the site you will find some kerbs.

Worth seeing if visiting the nearby chamber cairn.

Visited 29/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th November 2019ce

Geirisclett chambered cairn — Fieldnotes

Two days previous I'd driven past some of the fields and probably spied some of the Highland Cattle that Postie had spied during an earlier visit so we decided not to investigate from the direct south. Instead we parked near some masts just to the north of Loch Fada, south west of the site.

The weather had become summery and the ground heathery but dry plus we won medals at jumping and climbing fences, the dog, however, was not impressed. No cattle of any kind was seen but we found and stood in plenty of evidence that they had been moved very recently.

Geirisclett is as close to the sea as you can get being at the high water mark. The chamber is in superb condition with what looks a fallen standing or entrance stone. Part of the cairn remains to the west, most of the eastern side has given way to erosion. Beveridge had made efforts to protect the site by clearing the chamber and placing sill stones to prevent further damage, with some success.

Across on Vallay Island, Beveridge's house can easily be seen, as can the remarkable colour of the sea which was doing a good job of impersonating Luskentyre in Harris.

Superb site, a privilege to see such a place.

Visited 29/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th November 2019ce

Dun Mor, Baleshare (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

The entrance to this dun, in my opinion, is in the north east as a line of turf covered stones, not the wall, lead to dun. They also lead to the part of the dun which is still built. The small hillock is about 20m wide with the site sitting on top being 10m wide. As usual, someone thought it a good place to build a dry stone dyke.

From Dun A Dise head back along the minor road taking the first road south west, follow the road as it veers north then take the road the heads west and follow it until it ends. In front of the farmhouse there is a track that almost leads straight to the dun via jumping a couple of gates.

The light that night was of the type that that made everything appear black with an orangey backdrop. Looking west we got very lucky, the outline of St. Kilda could clearly be seen, a sign that I must really go back there as well.

Visited 28/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th November 2019ce

Dun Na Dise (Stone Fort / Dun) — Fieldnotes

I wanted to get across to this dun but was warned by locals the sands were hard to judge and that the previous evening someone, not me, had had to rescued from the sands slightly further to the north. When I'm here next, I'll try again.

However like Beveridge, even looking from a safe distance, this looks like it might have been a Broch, the builders taking advantage of stones already there.

Next time.

Visited 28/7/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th November 2019ce

Grimsay Wheelhouse (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Links

Canmore


Good aerial pics of the wheelhouse.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th November 2019ce
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