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Ancient hillfort Dun Deardail recreated in Lego

Lego hillfort Image copyright Brick to the Past
Image caption Work building the fort started in January and was finished in August

A 2,500-year-old Scottish hillfort has been recreated in Lego.

The real Dun Deardail was constructed of timber and stone on a prominent knoll on Sgorr Chalum, a hill overlooking the River Nevis in Glen Nevis.

It was destroyed in a fire, with the heat so intense that the stones used in the defensive ramparts melted.

Brick to the Past, a team specialising in historically-themed Lego models, used about 35,000 pieces for the recreation.

It was commissioned by the Fort William-based Nevis Landscape Partnership.

Aerial image of Dun Deardail hillfort Image copyright Nevis Landscape Partnership
Image caption Dun Deardail takes its name from a chieftain's daughter in Irish legends

Dan Harris, of Brick the Past, began his research for the Lego model in December last year.

He started building it at his home in Nethy Bridge in late January and the model was finished in mid-August.

Lego hillfort Image copyright Brick to the Past
Image caption About 35,000 Lego pieces were used in constructing the model

To get the fort to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, it had to be disassembled into a number of smaller modules and then re-assembled over the course of four hours.

Mr Harris said: "I've been visiting Glen Nevis and the surrounding area of years to walk and climb, so it's an absolute delight to have been able to build a model of one of its landmarks.

"It's great to be able to display at one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations and I hope that the model will encourage people to get out and explore the real hillfort."

Model at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre Image copyright Brick to the Past
Image caption It took four hours to reassemble the fort at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

The name Dun Deardail, Derdriu's Fort, links it to an ancient Iron Age Irish myth called The Sorrow of Derdriu.

The legend tells of a chieftain's daughter who was said to be so beautiful that kings, lords and warriors fought and died trying to win her hand in marriage.

Brick to the Past's other creations have included a 10,000-piece Iron Age Broch.

Lego broch Image copyright Arran Sinclair
Image caption Brick to the Past's broch

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