History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The ruins are quite overgrown, somewhat masking the architecture - indeed, at first glance, it looks like nothing but a tangle of undergrowth, but you soon realise there is much more to the site. A partially submerged stone causeway leads from the south bank of the loch in a curving arc out to the islet.
The causeway appears to have been made by tossing stones into the loch and then topping the resulting pile with broad stepping stones. The actual entrance to the dun is on the far side of the islet from the causeway, where a doorway leads to what appears to have been a small guard chamber.
Excavations in the 19th century revealed a circular tower containing four beehive cells. The walls vary in thickness from 9-15 feet wide and stand to only 6-7 feet. We do not know why the dun was abandoned, but there are traces of fire in several places.
There have been recent examinations of the site, including an underwater investigation, so hopefully more information will be forthcoming about the origin and use of the site.
This has got to be one of the easiest historic sites to access in the Western Isles. The dun is only a few paces to the north-east of the Grimsay circular road, just west of Baymore.
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About Dun Ban
Address: Loch Horneray, Baymore, Grimsay, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: In Loch Horneray, just west of Baymore village, on the northern branch of the Grimsay circular road
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Gramsdale Standing Stones - 2.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Trinity Chapel (Teampull na Trionaid) - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Pobull Fhinn Stone Circle - 5.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn - 5.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nunton Chapel (Teampall Mhuire) - 6.6 miles (Historic Church)
Borve Castle - 7.1 miles (Castle)
Beinn a' Charra Standing Stone - 9.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Dun Ban:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Dun Ban. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.