A treasure hunt through Fort William, themed around archaeology, for children 12 and below to partake in. Children will need adult supervision as it's walking around Fort William. The sheet for the treasure hunt can be collected from the West Highland Museum, and a prize can be collected at the end.
West Highland Museum
Phone 01397 702169
Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled
Calling Young Archaeologists! Our Archaeology Pit has been newly refurbished, so you get hands on and have a go at digging. You will uncover Pictish and medieval features and find lots of exciting artefacts on the way. Children must be supervised by accompanying adult. Only 3 children in the pit in each 30 minute session. Sessions can be booked online – recommended but not essential. Children and adults are welcome to visit the museum after the session.
Children must be supervised by an adult
Cost: £2 / child; Accompanying adult: £5 (up to 65 years) or £4 (65+ years).
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Phone 01862 871351
Guided walk of the grounds around Castle Grant [MHG15426], location of Old Grantown and historical sites of interest.
Meeting place: West Lodge, Grantown (NJ 035 288)
Level 1 walk
Bookings, preferably by email, to:
Phone 07876 235408
A chance to handle real and replica objects spanning from Mesolithic to modern times, compiled during ARCH's Experimental Archaeology project. Drop in session.
Venue: Dingwall Library
Free / donations welcome
Children welcome with adults
Accessible by wheelchair
Phone 077888 35466
Two talks on recent place-name research in the Highlands by Dr Simon Taylor and Roddy Maclean. Bookings via Eventbrite
1. Place-Names as an Archaeological Tool
This brief talk by Dr Simon Taylor will discuss the importance of place-names as indicators, sometimes unique indicators, of archaeological features. It will also address the fact that place-names can refect older interpretations of such features which are clearly visible in the landscape. It will stress throughout that place-names are a tool that has to be used with care. The talk will be illustrated mainly with examples from the north.
2. Clachan agus Cùirn / Stones and Cairns
Stones and cairns appear frequently in the Gaelic landscape, often carrying names and stories. How much can these features, and their associated traditions, tell us about history and archaeology or should they mostly be enjoyed as examples of the creative imagination of the Highland people? Roddy Maclean explores some examples from Inverness and beyond.
About the Speakers:
Dr Simon Taylor is Reader (Celtic & Gaelic) at University of Glasgow.
Roddy Maclean (Ruairidh MacIlleathain) is a Highland-based writer, broadcaster, educator and storyteller who works in Gaelic and English. His latest book – Place-Names of Inverness and Surrounding Area – was published by NatureScot in 2021 and is available for free download from the NatureScot website