Scheduled Monument

An Dun, dun 650m E of Drienach, Strath CanairdSM9096

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun
Local Authority
NC 16534 1967
216534, 901967


The monument comprises the remains of a dun, an Iron Age fortified settlement, located on a rocky knoll overlooking the junction of two streams, the Allt na Feithe Riabhaich and the Allt an Easach.

The dun survives as an enclosure measuring some 11m E-W by 10m within a drystone wall about 4.5m across, and approximately oval on plan. The outer face survives in the W and SW, with another short stretch visible on the NE. Slight traces of the inner wall face can also be seen. The entrance was probably on the S, the only side which is not defended by a natural steep slope.

Immediately to the S of the dun are the remains of a relatively recent dwelling and associated enclosure and field walls, most likely built, at least in part, from the remains of the dun.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular D-shape, bounded on the SW by a line 1m away from a fenceline and (partly) on the N by the top of a rocky bluff. It includes the dun and the later dwelling remains, plus an area around them in which evidence relating to the construction of the dun is likely to survive. This area measures a maximum of 70m NW-SE by 50m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well-preserved example of a dun, occurring in an area in which duns are less frequent than usual in the north. It has the potential to provide information about prehistoric defensive and domestic architecture and economy.



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 10 SE 1.


Calder, C. S. T. and Steer, K. A. (1951) 'Dun Lagaidh and four other prehistoric monuments near Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol. 83, 76.

Noble, D. J. R. le N. (1969) 'Strathkanaird', Discovery Excav Scot, 46.

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