Five new heritage trails in Assynt

The second day of heritage trail guide training was long but satisfying, and our five trails are now ready to be piloted next week. The full programme is as follows, and our guides are going to be wonderful. It’s a delight to see how many of us here have such a passion for this land!

Cnoc nan Each (Wednesday 3 October 2-4pm)

Meet at Glencanisp Road Car Park

A 2 hour guided walk through the woods, via the old croft and cleared township, to the recently discovered Bronze Age round house and other ruins. Splendid views of Suilven and Loch Druim Suardhalain.

Kirkton (Thurs 4 Oct 2-4pm)

Meet at the Old Kirk, Inchnadamph

A 2 hour guided walk through the remnants of a village cleared to make way for sheep two hundred years ago. Then back in time to a mysterious valley of springs and burnt mounds, on to a bronze age round house overlooking the home of the trolls.

Neolithic Corridor (Sun 7 Oct 10.30am-3.30pm)

Meet at the Loch Borralan layby, or car share at 10am at the Bayview Car Park, Lochinver

This day-long guided walk will explore how the unique geological features of Assynt have influenced how its inhabitants use the land, from the stone age to the present and into the future. The morning will be spent exploring the remnants of stone age habitation including some of the many chambered cairns in this area. Starting from Ledbeg House, the afternoon will be spent doing a circuit taking in the ‘Badger Stone’, more neolithic chambered cairns and traces of bronze age, mediaeval and more recent uses of the land.

Clachtoll (Monday 8 October 2-4pm)

Meet at Clachtoll Beach Car Park

A 2 hour guided walk across the beach to the split rock, with its vitrified walling. See the oldest rocks and the earliest lifeforms in the world. Imagine past inhabitants who lived from the sea – the people who built the old salmon bothy, the dragon’s teeth wall, the bronze age cist and the broch.

Eddrachalda (Tues 9 Oct 2-4pm)

Meet at the Ardvreck Castle Car Park

A 2 hour guided walk exploring the terrain inland from the castle and the ruined Calda house, from mediaeval ruins to the traces of much earlier habitation and right back to the geological formation of this land.

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