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 2023 - Dates for your Diary: 23rd September to 13th October, with conference 7th & 8th October.

The call for events will go out in the next few months, with listing posted on the website from July onwards. 


We welcome your feedback and suggestions about the festival. You can do this by:

  • Filling in a short survey monkey form
  • Downloading a feedback form which allows you to report on multiple events (available from the Document Library 2022 folder)
  • or just sending us an email to highlandarchaeologyfestival@gmail.com

The HAF geocache trail is still active, and there is also a list of self guided trails.

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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