This evening, I am focusing on Dun an Sticir which is located on the N.E. of North Uist near to the ferry port of Port nan Long. (North Uist is part of a chain of islands off the west of Scotland known as the Outer Hebrides.

Dun is a Gaelic word meaning fort whilst Sticir is Loch Sticir, a lake in which the fort sits on an island.

The site comprises two connected islands. The image below is taken from the Dun (main island) looking towards the middle island (“Island of Bad Council”). Acess is by stone causeways which connect with the mainland on the right of the image.

Image above shows a view looking towards the Dun from the middle island.

The causeways are probably man made.

Dun an Sticir, North Uist, Hebrides, Scotland

This site has never been excavated but it appears the site may have had three distinct occupations, viz:

Late Neolithic Period:  First occupation about 3500 BC.

Late Iron-Age Period: 500 BC to 0 AD: A broch was built on the main island to house a high status family. This building was a circular tower with walls some 3.5m thick and of dry stone construction.

16th Century: The site was reoccupied after a probable lapse during the period of Norwegian, Viking control 9th-13th centuries.  A new, rectangular hall was built on the broch site and a building constructed on the middle island. In 1601 Hugh MacDonald was taken prisoner from the site and transported to Skye where he was killed in retribution for his (failed) plot to kill the Chief of the MacDonalds of Sleat.

The video clip below shows the site of ruined Dun and Hall.

This site allows the more adventurous visitor to connect with the distant past.

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