Skye’s Hidden Heritage
Discover the lost settlement of Rubh’ an Dùnain
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Welcome to Rubh’ an Dùnain (Gaelic: Promontory of the little fort; Pron: roo-an-doonan) – a unique historic peninsula on the Isle of Skye in the western isles of Scotland.

Nestling at the foot of the majestic Cuillin mountains and with panoramic views of The Hebrides, Rubh’ an Dùnain is a remote land, largely hidden from public view for more than a century.

Today, after painstaking research by archaeologists and scientists, it has been designated a Historic Monument by Historic Environment Scotland and is the focus of international interest. And amid its grandeur and solitude, it is beginning to reveal some amazing secrets.

We invite you to take our virtual walk to uncover an astonishing 5000-year history dating from Mesolithic cave dwellers, to Viking invaders and bloody clan warfare. You wlll explore prehistoric archaeology and Iron Age fortifications, examine the remains of a vibrant farming community and ponder over a mysterious stone-lined canal to the sea – documented in graphic detail in the 2018 BBC series, Scotland from the Sky.

Leading archaeologists, historians and scholars discuss current research. Our history section reveals why the peninsula is of special importance to MacAskills everywhere as their hereditary homeland. The last clansfolk were cleared from the land in 1853 to make way for sheep. Many of the inhabitants emigrated to North America, especially the Carolinas and Nova Scotia.

Wherever you are in the world, join us now – on PC, tablet or smartphone – as we guide you through the landscape. And read about how you can help us re-establish this once-vibrant community – online.

Virtual walk

Virtual walk

Explore the area with our interactive map, animated graphics and still images

Riddles remain

Riddles remain

Who lived here; where did they come from; what clues did they leave?