History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Later carbon dating disproved this hypothesis, and Rispain is now considered almost certainly a late Iron Age farming settlement.
Excavations on the site have unearthed animal and human remains, and the prize find, a Bronze Age axe which is now in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
Rispain is rectangular, measuring about 223' x 170' on the interior, set within double banks and ditches. The biggest ditch is 25' wide at the top and 15-17' deep. The secondary ditch is now very difficult to trace on the ground, but it was much smaller at only 5' wide and 3' deep.
There was apparently a gateway in the north-east, linked to a timber palisade. Within the enclosure were several timber roundhouses, and what may have been a stone-lined cistern.
About Rispain Camp
Address: Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 1 mile west of Whithorn, behind Rispain Farm off the A746.
Website: Rispain Camp
Photo Credit: Ann Cook, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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