Loch na h-Airde: Viking Dockyard - 1100 Reconstruction

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Loch na h-Airde, on the peninsula of Rubha an Dunain, on the south-western corner of Skye, contains evidence for a 12th century dockyard, built and operated by the Vikings. The inland loch is connected to the sea via a stone canal. The dockyard complex consisted of two loch quays and two sets of stone-built boat docks and noosts – stone and turf boat shelters, used when the ships were dragged out of the water. Given the scale of the complex, it is probable the loch was used to construct or repair ships. It might also have served as a staging location or a place to shelter and overwinter boats. This reconstruction shows the dockyard in 1100, during the Norse presence.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2021


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