Dun Mhuirich, Knapdale, Argyll
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Dun Mhuirich is an Iron Age fort built upon a high rocky knoll looking out across Linne Mhuirich, which opens into Loch Sween and then the sea. At the base of the steep cliff face to the east, boulders have been set to form an ancient wharf and Jetty. Large portions of the main wall to the dun are well preserved, although much of it overgrown and swarming with hungry midges when I visited! Within the dun are the remains of several later stone buildings, and further down the slope's outer defensive walls with an entrance from the north side can still be made out.
Access to the Dun is across low lying marshy ground which can be crossed with care. Then, it's looking for a safe way up to the dun, which is best achieved from the north end, where you will discover its entrance and outer walls. Once inside the dun you will also discover more drystone walls, making this site particularly interesting. What is incredible is that this ancient site was occupied at times from the 13th century medieval period up until as recent as the 17th century. Views from the top of the dun across the loch are quite stunning on a summer's day.