Caisteal Suidhe Cheannaidh, Argyll
North of Kilchrenan
Wind farm road
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On the highest part of the east end of a rocky ridge which dominates the surrounding area for miles around, are the remains of one of the best preserved iron age duns in Lorn.
It is protected by steep slopes on all sides except the west where there is a gentle approach along the crest of the ridge.
This dun is almost circular in plan and shares some characteristics with broch sites.
Caisteal Suidhe Cheannaidh stands out not only for its remarkable state of preservation, but also because of its substantial nature and the sophistication of its design. Its construction would certainly have involved considerably more labour and materials than most Argyll duns, which suggests that it may have been a high status site. The name suggests the fort of Kenneth or King.
Access to the site is by parking on the wind farm road near the gate shown above, taking the unusual angled gate and heading right up across the rising and very uneven ground. After a difficult walk this magnificent and important ruin will eventually come into view. When you finally get to the summit the views from the top are stunning. A lovely site well worth the effort.