List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
DUNAGOIL Dunagoyle Vitrified fort
Dunagoyle Vitrified Fort
Estate Map
Mr. Muir Factor.
New Stat Acct. [Statistical Account]
Wilsons Guide to Bute
Origines Parochiales
227.02 On the west shore stands the fort of Dun-na-goil (the fortified hill or rock of the Lowlanders) near the bay to which is gives its name. It is formed by a ridge of rock 50 feet high, rising with a steep ascent from the sea on the west side, perpendicular to the north and east, narrow and difficult of access towards the south, with a level space of some extent on the summit; along the verge of this space towards the west & South, are the remains of a wall, built apparently for the defence of the place where it was most accessible, the precipitousness of the rock serving for a natural defence on the other sides, The external parts of this wall appear to have been completely vitrified. The heart is formed of stone partially fused. The stone chiefly used in the structure is whinstone of which the rock itself is composed. The station is a very advantageous one, it commands the most natural, and perhaps the best landing place on the whole coast; and it affords a complete view seawards, at once of the passage from the western seas by Kilbranan sound and of the entrance into the frith of Clyde from the south. All surmises as to its era or use are now vain. It has been conjectured to have been a Danish fort; its name would rather point it out to have been a hold, occupied by for whatever purpose by inhabitants of the neighbouring eastern or southern coasts, who, in common with those who dwelt in the interior southern portion of Scotland, were usually described in the Gaelic tongue by term Lowlander as retained in the deignation of this place. New Stat Acct. [Statistical Account]
In the North West end of this fort, there is a Cave of considerable extent. The late Mr. McKinlay of Rothesay examined it with a light, it runs under the highest ridge: it is 67 feet in length and widens a little near the inner end, where the roof of it rises into a kind of dome Wilsons Guide to Bute"

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County of Bute Parish of Kingarth

"On a little rocky hill, there are evident vestiges of a
vitrified wall, said to have been a Danish fort; But it seems more
probable that it was made by the inhabitants to defend
the island from the attacks of the Danes & Norwegians.
The hill in the original Signifies "The hill of the Lowland Men"
Old Stat [Statistical] Account.
"Near the bay of Dunagoil a vitrified fort called
Dunagoil (the dun of the lowlanders) occupies the top
of a rock which rises perpendicularly from the
sea to the height of 50 feet-" Origines Parochiales

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