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Perfect Day on Skye - Rubh' an Dunain - a walk and some archaeology

Rubh’ an Dunain – Point of the Dun – https://canmore.org.uk/site/11028/skye-rubh-an-dunain-viking-canal lies south of the beach at Glen Brittle, where Loch Brittle meets the Sound of Soay. The return walk is round 8 miles and takes a couple of hours each way. Take a picnic, have a swim – just a perfect day on Skye! https://www.whentobewhere.com/travel-listing/rubh-dunain The path is well defined for most of the way …… but hey why would you want to go?

Well apart from the stunning views , the site at the end of the peninsula is full of archeological sites. The Vikings constructed a canal the length of the burn that joins the freshwater loch – Loch na h Airde, to the sea in the Sound of Soay. This provided a sheltered harbor (or hiding?!) for their long boats. In 2009 archaeologists discovered boat timbers dated to the 12th century, a stone-built quay in the loch and a system to maintain a constant water level in the loch.

The other great surprise is the “cleared village”, emptied of it’s inhabitants in the 19th century – the classic example of a fine “tacksman’s house – the family home of the MacAskills.

The Dun (a fortified site) has spectacular views back up to the Cuillin and out to sea, the size of the stones used in the construction are enormous and we can only imagine the amount of gruntin’  took to be put in place!

Some folk camp out here, we can only imagine what a great experience that would be! Once you are out on the peninsula the views of Rum http://www.isleofrum.com/and back to the Cuillin are fantastic. Once you have walked back to the beach at Glenbrittle perhaps you would like to head for the Old Inn at Carbost http://www.theoldinnskye.co.uk to round off the perfect day?