Skye’s Hidden Heritage
Discover the lost settlement of Rubh’ an Dùnain
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Rubh’ an Dùnain

The present

[Rubh’ an Dùnain] is . . . an open time-capsule waiting to be examined

– Martin Wildgoose,
Skye archaeologist

Lifting the wraps on 5000 years of history

Rubh’ an Dùnain has been largely hidden from public view for more than 150 years. But thanks to the enthusiasm, knowledge and persistence of experts like Roger Miket, Adam Welfare, Martin Wildgoose and Dr David Macfadyen, it has been formally designated as a Historic Monument and is now the focus of international interest.

Historians, archaeologists and students of Gaelic and Celtic heritage – as well as a curious public – want to understand more about this mysterious and beguiling land.

An isolated peninsula in the foothills of the majestic Cuillin mountains and with a strategic view of the western isles of Scotland, Rubh’ an Dùnain is accessible only on foot with a 13 kilometre round trip – or more easily by sea, as it was for countless generations until the Highland Clearances in the mid-19th century ended human habitation.

Archaeologists believe that, until then, this forgotten settlement had been in continuous occupation for more than 5000 years. It is an extraordinary timeline which promises to reveal many more secrets about our past.

Join us now as Dr Colin Martin, the eminent marine archaeologist who has been leading recent research at the site, introduces the latest thinking about the landscape and Professor Hugh Cheape of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig explains the role Gaelic language and culture can play in deepening our understanding of the past.

Read how you can help repopulate Rubh' an Dùnain

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