Kilpatrick Dun

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Coordinates: 55°29′05″N 5°18′53″W / 55.484606°N 5.314788°W / 55.484606; -5.314788

Kilpatrick Dun
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Kilpatrick Dun
Kilpatrick Dun is located in North Ayrshire
Kilpatrick Dun
Shown within the Isle of Arran, Scotland
Location Isle of Arran
Coordinates 55°29′05″N 5°18′53″W / 55.484606°N 5.314788°W / 55.484606; -5.314788
Type Dun
Periods Iron Age
Site notes
Ownership Historic Scotland
Public access Yes

Kilpatrick Dun is an Iron Age dun, located about 1 mile south of the village of Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran in Scotland (grid reference NR90652619).


Kilpatrick Dun is situated on level ground on a northwesterly hill-slope.[1] It can be reached via a short walk from a small car park.[2] The site is not well understood. In the past it has been proposed that it was a Bronze Age burial cairn or the site of an early Christian monastery.[2] However, it is now generally thought that the site was a fortified residence, or dun, of a type common across the western Scotland in the later Iron Age.[2] A similar structure can be seen at the Torr a'Chaisteal dun 2.5 miles to the south.[2]

The circular dun measures 17 metres in diameter, within a wall more than 8 metres thick in places.[2] The entrance, 1.2 metres wide, is from the south.[2] There are four chambers visible in the wall thickness.[2]

The dun is surrounded by a large enclosure.[1] The enclosure is similar to the cashel of an early Christian monastery, but the small rectangular structures built against the enclosure bank, on the far side from the dun, make more sense as a post-medieval croft or bothy.[2]


  1. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "Arran, Kilpatrick (39637)". Canmore. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Kilpatrick Dun (or Cashel), Historic Scotland, accessed 2 May 2014

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