Scheduled Monument

Dun Evan,fortSM2896

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
NH 82771 47579
282771, 847579


Dun Evan is a fort with outworks which occupies the fairly level summit of a steep-sided rocky hill. The fort measures about 56m NE-SW by 23m NW-SE. The defences consist of a turf covered wall which is spread to about 10m across and survives to about 0.4m in height. Traces of vitrification have been recorded in the rampart. The entrance is to the NE of the fort and is defined by a low dip in the wall. Around the fort at a lower level is another wall which, except to the N, has tumbled down the slope. The course of this outer wall is marked by a stony terrace. The outer rampart is heavily defended on the NE to protect the main means of access to the fort. The approach to the fort is up a terrace 4m wide, which may be partly of relatively modern construction.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 180m SW-NE by 85m NW-SE, to include the fort and outworks, as shown in red on the attached map. The forestry plantation partially overlaps the outer rampart to the N of the fort and this is excluded from the scheduled area.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture. The fort will also incorporate important information on the economy and domestic life of the community who built and lived within it.



The monument is RCAHMS number NH 84 NW 5.

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