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

Over 130 talks and exhibitions have been offered for 2022! Full details are in the Events Calendar and in the Museums & Exhibitions section of the website. A document with events sorted by region can be downloaded from the website Document Library, in the 2022 folder.

This year instead of a brochure, a listing was compiled for those who do not use computers. Copies can be downloaded from the Document Library or sent by request by phoning 077888 35466. Events which missed the paper listing are listed in the News section of this website, with full details in the Events Calendar.

The HAF Conference 2022 will take place on the 8th October at Highland Council Council Chambers, Glenurquhart Road.  Details and booking information are in the Conference section of the website.

The keynote talk will be given by Steven Birch on 7th October at Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road at 7pm. He will  speak about 'High Pasture Cave: Ritual, Memory and Identity in the Iron Age of Skye'. The site will be published in 2023, and this talk reveals new insights from the last few years. See the Events Calendar for details.


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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