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.

Archaeologists believe that, until the middle of the 1800s, this now-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 here 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.

As worldwide interest in Skye grows, Rubh' an Dùnain itself is becoming the focus of wide interest. A new piece of performance art involving designers, photographers and musicians from four countries, is being filmed in 2019 at various locations on the island, chosen because of the Viking harbour connection with Rubh' an Dùnain.

There is a sense that this isolated peninsula, empty today save for the sheep, the curlew and the oystercatcher, could in years to come, once again deliver a thriving community – at least online. It contains aeons of undiscovered history; it is steeped in the language and culture of the Gael, the Celt and the Viking; it boasts wild natural habitats all of which have enormous potential for the historian, the scientist, naturalists and scholars of all ages.

And all of which have contributed to its status as a new national monument. Time then today to consider its future . . .

Read how you can help repopulate Rubh' an Dùnain