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|Description ||Saucer barrow
Coming from Fort William take the Glen Nevis road that leads to the Stiell Falls. A small road goes up the side of the Glen Nevis Restaurant and Bar (I suggest leaving your vehicle in the carpark). . The road takes a slight detour to the left behind said building and then straightens up. In the field in front of the white cottage, on your left still, is a small clump of trees that marks Dun Dige 'Dun of the Dyke'. If I had known it was this close to the main road I would have gone earlier in the week to perhaps better effect. Once you see the size of it you will be sure that it is a saucer barrow only much later re-used as a fortlet (which was burnt down some time after 1386 by a rival clan supposedly - in the NMRS there is a slight hesitancy about the Sorlie connection as an early stronghold of theirs). The tree at the back is quite large (though I may be speaking from an Orcadian viewpoint here) and the two at the front fairly so. These stand on a short flat mound but there appears to be a 'platform' in front of this. About the whole is a dark annular ring of damp-loving vegetation that delineates the moat. Climbing over the gate I found myself just over knee-deep in still dewy grass. At the back of the mound there is a small but not too shallow pan-shaped depression that I take to have been the entrance. Some smallish boulders can be seen around there, probably part of a wall. Probably needs to be seen when the vegatation isn't quite so lush to make more out.
Fort William NN126720|
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