Highland Archaeology Festival

Celebrating Highland Archaeology, History and Heritage

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over 3 weeks each late September/October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections.  There’s something to suit everyone and many of the events are free!

HAF 2022 - 24th September to 14th October

The first call for events and exhibitions has gone out. If you would like to offer an event or publicise a heritage event happening during the festival period, do get in touch. Forms are available in the Document Library in the 2022 folder. Details will be posted on the website Events Calendar after July.

The HAF Conference 2022 will take place on the 8th October at Highland Council Council Chambers, Glenurquhart Road.  Further details soon.


We welcome your feedback and suggestions about the festival. Email highlandarchaeologyfestival@gmail.com

Geocache and Self-guided Trails

The HAF geocache trail is still active, and there is also a list of self guided trails (many new this year).

Festival reports

The reports for the previous festivals are in the  Document Library


Adopt an HER Record


Is there a Highland site or object that is special to you?

The Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) is the Council’s online database of all known heritage in the Highlands. We’re looking for help to keep it accurate and for photographs of many of the sites and finds included. Can you help?

We’re inviting you to adopt an HER record. This may be as simple as just sending us a good photograph. Or you could include descriptions of the present state, forward other out of copyright material which should be included or links to them, add a bibliography or send corrections if needed. Your work will be acknowledged in the record unless you request otherwise. Look out for a display of adopted records at the HAF conference.

Free workshops!

Not familiar with using the HER? If your organisation would like a workshop please contact us on her@highland.gov.uk


The 2022 Highland Archaeology Festival is organised by the Highland Council 





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