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Community Heritage Scotland - A new project focusing exclusively on community heritage in Scotland was launched in February - we hope you will get involved and have your say! We'll keep you updated on progress. Read more here... 

 

Following the huge demand for our leaflets describing the Hidden Heritage Trail between Tarbet and Arrochar (which resulted in us running out of leaflets very fast!), Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust has produced some lovely new leaflets - Arrochar and Tarbet Paths - with info on the Hidden Heritage Trail and other walks in the area. Thanks to Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs for funding the first print run of these, and to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park for graphic design of the leaflet. Leaflets available for a small donation from the 3 Villages Hall or Community Cafe in Arrochar, and from various hotels and B&Bs in the area. You can also download a copy here, but it isn't as clear as the printed version - use this as a taster then pick up a printed copy and donate when you're in the area! (All donations go to printing further copies of the leaflet or to other community projects). Click here for more info.

 

Excavation of a possible almshouse at the north end of Loch Lomond. Thanks yet again to Clan Macfarlane Worldwide for allowing us to share the results of their latest collaboration with archaeologist Heather James (Calluna Archaeology). John Macfarlane is said to have built an almshouse at Creag a'Phuirt opposite his house on Island I Vow in the early 17th century. Although the Ordnance Survey found no remains of such a building in 1956, the walkover survey carried out in 2016 (see below) found signs of foundations, and Clan Macfarlane Worldwide funded an excavation in 2017. Find out more here (and see a video here).

 

Survey of archaeological sites in Arrochar Parish. Clan Macfarlane Worldwide recently generously funded Heather James (Northlight Heritage and Calluna Archaeology) 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). Find out more here.

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...

 

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.

Phone app. Thanks to St. Andrews University Open Virtual Worlds group, we 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. 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

We do our best to keep this site up to date, with limited time and resources! Please let us know if any of the links don't work and we'll try and fix them.

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 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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