Kildonan Dun, Kintyre
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Remains of a double staircase
Kildonan Dun acted as a fortified residence and as the focal point for a small farming community. There is space for several huts within a roughly oval stone curtain wall, and a single entrance allows access through the wall. The entrance would have been protected by a thick wooden door, and you can still see where timber bars were set into the stone walls to provide extra security for the doorway passage.
The way the dun is presented today is a result of excavations between 1936-1938.
The dun lies beside the B842, opposite the Forestry Commission's Ballochgair Car Park and picnic area. Just cross the road from the parking area and you will see the dun in the field ahead of you. There is a wooden stile and a short path to the site, though the path can be overgrown with bracken at times. This is an open site, accessible at any time.
Finds from the Kildonan Dun are on display at the Campbeltown Museum.
About Kildonan Dun, Kintyre
Address: B842, Saddell, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA28 6QR
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Off the B842 3 miles south of Saddell. Nearest postcode is PA28 6QR
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Saddell Abbey - 2.6 miles (Abbey)
Davaar Island and Crucifixion Painting - 5.1 miles (Countryside)
Campbeltown Cross - 5.9 miles (Historic Building)
Carradale Network Heritage Centre - 6.5 miles (Museum)
Kilpatrick Dun - 7.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Moss Farm Road Stone Circles - 8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Auchagallon Stone Circle - 8.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Machrie Moor Stone Circles - 8.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Kildonan Dun, Kintyre:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Kildonan Dun, Kintyre. '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.