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In addition to our existing phone app, we now have a Treasure Trail for you to try out as you follow the Hidden Heritage Trail!

Interactive treasure hunt. Hidden Heritage has teamed up with 'Global Treasure Apps' to create an interactive treasure hunt for the Hidden Heritage Trail. As you walk, a simple quiz with images uncovers the secrets of the landscape with a reward for completing the trail! Download the FREE app now and explore the Hidden Heritage of this spectacular part of Scotland. Follow in the footsteps of Viking raiders, trace the history of the once-powerful MacFarlane clan, and marvel at the scenery that’s attracted tourists and climbers for hundreds of years. Look for Global Treasure Apps in your app store. When you've finished the trail, take your phone to the Three Villages Cafe to collect your

FREE ceramic Hidden Heritage souvenir

and why not stay any enjoy some well-earned refreshment while you're there?

Survey of archaeological sites in Arrochar parish. We’re delighted to report that Clan Macfarlane Worldwide recently generously funded Heather James (Northlight Heritage) to carry out some survey work of known and possible archaeological sites in Arrochar Parish. This survey, coordinated by Heather and implemented with the help of local volunteers, Glasgow University students, and members of ACFA (the Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists) aimed to build up a fuller picture of how and where people lived in the area, particularly during the time when the lands around Arrochar were the territory of the MacFarlane Clan (1225-1785).  Check out the project proposal here. 

Clan Macfarlane Worldwide have kindly agreed to let us pass on the initial report of the survey here, presented as summarized daily reports written by Heather. I have omitted the daily references to cups of tea, though their importance in maintaining morale should not be underestimated!

Tarbet Isle excavation. Thanks also to Peter McFarlin and Preston McFarland, Northlight Heritage were commissioned to carry out a 2-week excavation on Tarbet Isle in October 2014. Huge thanks to Peter and Preston for allowing us to share the exciting results! Click here to read more...

Phone app. Thanks to St. Andrews University Open Virtual Worlds group, we now have a phone app for our heritage trail! Special thanks to Ade Fabola and Alan Miller for making that possible. You can download a version of the 'Arrochar Mobile App' for Android devices HERE, or an IOS version from iTunes HERE. This is still a bit of a work in progress, so we'd love to hear from you if you've tried it. Let us know if there are any glitches, and please send us any photos or video clips you take along the way :)

Please note that our email address is now: hiddenheritagevikings@gmail.com

Although the Hidden Heritage Project has drawn to a close...... :(

... you can check out the Results page and our Facebook page to see the various reports and outcomes.

  • RESULTS! Read/download a copy of the archaeology report prepared by Northlight Heritage
  • The 'Isthmus Tapestry' has been on display in Helensburgh Library, as part of Dunollie Castle's 'Fasanta' textile exhibition, and at Scotland's Community Heritage Conference. Contact us if you'd like to display the tapestry at your event.
  • Check out the plan of Ballyhennan graveyard with photos of each stone and information on the inscriptions
  • Try out the new Hidden Heritage Trail! Download a map and leaflet
  • Find out about Viking sites around the Clyde and download a map and leaflet
  • View/download a copy of 'The Gaelic Place Names of Arrochar Parish', researched and compiled by volunteers, Elizabeth Carmichael, Irene Wotherspoon, Libby King and Ann Bray. (It's a large file so may take a while to download). We also have some (free) hard copies of this lovely booklet available - contact us if you'd like one.
  • We have free copies of our photography book, 'Reflections of a Hidden Landscape', produced to record and celebrate the project. Contact us if you'd like one. 
  • We have put together some 'Viking resource boxes' including costumes, replica artefacts and written material, suitable for primary age children. Click here to find out more about these.                                                    

                               

                   

 

 

                                                                       

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