Dùn a’ Choin Duibh, Knapdale.
(Dun of the Black Dog)
Dùn a' Choin Duibh (Fort of the Black Dog), is an Iron Age hillfort located near Torinturk. According to the local shanachies, the fort is named after a black wolfhound which was half wolf, which defended the fort.
Legend also tells how the great hunter Torquil Mor died here fighting a wild boar.
The forest path climbs steeply through the woods past a Bronze Age burial cairn, said to be the remains of Diarmaid, founder of clan Campbell, up to the atmospheric ruins of Dùn a’ Choin Duibh, where legend tells how the great hunter Torquil Mor died fighting a wild boar. The fort provides stunning views to the Inner Hebridean islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura and further to the Mull of Kintyre and Ireland.
Good walking boots and a map are essential to discover this fabulous Iron Age Dun through the forest track from Torinturk.