Epic Scottish Adventures

Book Now!
Find out more
Advertisement

Ancient Iron Age Dun Dearduil in Glen Nevis

Dun Deardill in Glen Nevis is the site of an Iron Age fort with a fantastic view of Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains.

Dun Dearduil – the Vitrified Fort above Glen Nevis
This ancient earthwork is accessible (by a short detour) to walkers along the West Highland Way between Blarmafoldach and Glen Nevis. It occupies a commanding point overlooking Glen Nevis*, consisting of a wall enclosing an area on a hilltop nearly 100 feet above sea level.

Vitrification is the process of fusing rocks together by some melting process requiring very high temperatures. A number of experiments, including one in Glen Nevis some years ago, have been unable to usefully recreate this process. This is one of several similar structures about the Highlands, which may be 3,000 years old. There are about sixty in Scotland, very few in England, with others in France Turkey and Iran.

Their purpose remains a mystery, though recent thinking suggests they may have been local status symbols – the penthouse Suite of the Neoloithic! There is other evidence of Vitrification in Lochaber in Arisaig, at Shielfoot near Acharacle, and on islands in Loch Arkaig and in Loch Ailort.

Pictures and text at: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/6189/dun_deardail.html#fieldnotes

Photos on this page are from an enjoyable walk to the vitrified fort in Glen Nevis, which provides great views of Ben Nevis and the valley floor.

Read next

Explore these featured listings

Torlinnhe Guest House
Mark and Larisa would be delighted to welcome you to Torlinnhe, for an exceptional guest house experience in Fort William. Our guests’ comfort and enjoyment is our top priority! On arrival, relax a while after your journey, settle in our comfortable lounge and enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond for dinner and drinks.  In the morning you'll enjoy a delicious and substantial breakfast overlooking the loch.  You can choose a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast, or one of our other options. See our website for menus.  Your bedroom will have an en-suite shower room, tea/coffee making facilities, 26” digital television with Freeview, Netflix and a hairdryer. You will also have free wireless internet access, plenty of space to park your car, drying facilities if you need them and secure undercover storage for your cycle or motorbike. Whether you are visiting Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, enjoy a day on the Jacobite Steam Train or perhaps enjoy a day out touring, Torlinnhe is the perfect place for a relaxing stay during your visit to the Highlands. * Awarded 4 Star Guesthouse by VisitScotland * Just over a mile from the centre of Fort William * Six rooms - a triple, four double/twins and a single * Sorry, we cannot accept pets or children under 9. * We are a totally 'No Smoking' guest house * Organic Toiletries  * Open for dinner to residents * Picnic lunch offered to take away To check availability and make a booking, please enter your check in date and length of stay below then press the Search button.  We hope to see you soon!
No data
No data