Dunadd Fort

Crowning place of the Kings of Dalriada, Dunadd
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Crowning place of the Kings of Dalriada, Dunadd

An ancient hill-fort in Argyll and Bute which lies 4 miles (6.5 km) northwest of Lochgilphead. Constructed in the 6th Century on the banks of the River Add, it is regarded as the centre of the ancient Scottish Kingdom of Dalriada. Carved into the natural rock on the summit are a ceremonial font and a footprint, associated with the crowning of the Kings of the Scots. As part of the crowning ritual, the Kings placed their foot in the footprint, while facing towards Ben Cruachan, which had symbolic significance. Also carved in the rock is a Pictish symbol, placed there following the capture of the Fort by the Picts.

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