Three Guided Walks to Caithness Heritage Sites
Three guided walks to Caithness sites of heritage interest have been organised by The Highland Council’s Countryside Rangers as part of the 2006 Highland Archaeology Fortnight festival which runs from 30 September to the 15 October, giving children and adults something fun to do during the school holidays.
The first event, North Coast Harbour Trawl, will be on Saturday 7 October. Led by Ranger Mary Legg, the outing, which runs from 11am to 3pm, will be a tour to discover the history and wildlife of the harbours of the North Coast. For further information, and to find out where to meet up please telephone Mary on 01847 821531
The following day (Sunday 8 October) the Countryside Rangers will be leading a walk up the Wick River to visit the ancient clan battle site at Altimarlich, looking at wildlife along the way. Anyone coming along should bring a packed lunch and meet up at the Somerfield Car Park at 11am, bringing binoculars rather than swords!
The third event on Thursday 12 October, called “Bogs, Burials and Brochs”, is a beginner’s introduction to the Yarrow area. Explore a landscape filled with round houses, a chambered cairn and broch structures with Ranger Marina Swanson. Running from 11.00am to 1.30pm, anyone wishing to come along should meet up at South Yarrow Farm car park, grid reference ND 306433.
The Highland Council’s Countryside Rangers are grant aided by Scottish Natural Heritage and their role is to promote public enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside and to conserve wildlife and habitats.
These events are part of the 156 different activities taking place during Highland Archaeology Fortnight which celebrates the archaeology, history and culture of the Highlands with guided walks, talks, children’s activities and special events for people of all ages.
Co-ordinated by The Highland Council’s Archaeology Unit in the Planning and Development Service, the festival’s events are organised by a wide range of community groups, interested individuals, museums and professional bodies such as Historic Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.