Landscape Britain

Dunadd Hillfort by munki-boy

Dunadd Hillfort

Dunadd fort stands on a rocky hill in the middle of Moine Mhor, in Argyll and Bute. It is one of the most famous historic sites in Scotland. Occupied by the Scotti, who came from Ireland during the 5th-6th century AD, it was the capital of the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada.

Dalriada was founded by king Fergus Mor or Fergus the Great, in the 5th century AD. The most remarkable feature is a series of unique stone carvings, including a footprint and a rock-cut basin, thought to have formed part of Dalriada’s coronation ritual. On the same flat outcrop of rock is a carving of a boar in Pictish style, and an inscription in ogham script, a form of writing used by the Scots and the Picts. The inscription is dated to the late 8th century or after.

Scotland gets it’s modern name from the Scotti.