Scheduled Monument

Dun Ardtreck, galleried dun, SkyeSM7120

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
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun
Local Authority
NG 33514 35814
133514, 835814


The monument comprises the remains of a galleried dun or semi-broch on Ardtreck Point on the Isle of Skye.

The dun is D-shaped in plan and occupies the highest point of a sharply sloping isolated rocky knoll on the clifftop. An outer defensive wall averaging 2.15m thick runs along the top of the landward side of the knoll and has an entrance on its SE side. The dun has an entrance on its E side 0.95m wide and 1.45m high and its wall at this point still stands 2.4m high. Dr Euan MacKie undertook some limited excavation of this site in 1964-65 and charcoal retrieved from the rubble foundation platform of the dun was carbon dated to 115 BC. Evidence for a secondary occupation dated to the 2nd century AD by Roman pottery sherds was also recovered.

The area to be scheduled includes the whole top of the knoll outcrop and is an irregular D-shape on plan, measuring 44m NNW-SSE by 32m NE-SW as indicated in red on the plan.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as an example of a well preserved galleried dun or semi-broch. Despite limited excavation, it retains considerable potential to provide information relating to Iron Age domestic and defensive architecture and contemporary economic and environmental conditions.



RCAHMS records the monument as NG33NW 5.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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