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Next time you pass the manicured greens and fairways of The Carrick Golf Course at Mid Ross, spare a thought for how dramatically this landscape and its use have changed over the last 10,000 years. Extensive archaeological excavations carried out here by Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD) between 2003 and 2005, during the construction of the golf course, revealed exciting evidence of past inhabitants and ways of life, with important implications for life on the shores of Loch Lomond and beyond.

The hugely complex nature of the excavations and post-excavation analyses, coupled with management/staff changes at both GUARD and The Carrick, have meant that the full results of these excavations have been very slow to surface…. However, we’re delighted to say that we now have access to the findings, and hope to highlight some bits over the next few weeks. The archaeological information is based on the forthcoming publication, ‘Living and Dying on the Bonnie Banks: Ten Thousand Years at The Carrick, Mid Ross, Loch Lomond’, by Alistair Beckett, Gavin MacGregor, Donna Maguire, David Sneddon, Beverley Ballin Smith & Bob Will. Thanks to Dr. Iain Banks (Glasgow University) and Hugh McBrien (WoSAS) for providing us with the information and giving us permission to use it. We’ve only picked out a few highlights that particularly interested us, and continue to look forward to publication of the full report.

Importantly, please note that none of the excavations are now visible – all have been thoroughly recorded and/or preserved and are now hidden beneath the golf course. Please observe the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and stick to the paths when crossing the golf course.

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Excavation at the head of Loch Long. Argyll Archaeology carried out an archaeological excavation at Succoth, at the head of Loch Long, prior to the recent housing development. Click here to find out about some of the area's very early inhabitants!

 

We are also hugely grateful to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide for continuing to fund archaeological research in the area, and for allowing us to share the results. See below:

 

Excavation at the head of Loch Lomond. Thanks yet again to Clan Macfarlane Worldwide (CMW) for allowing us to share the results of their latest collaboration with archaeologist Heather James (Calluna Archaeology). At the very northern end of Loch Lomond is a promontory of land, which effectively becomes an island after prolonged or heavy rain.  The 1st ed. OS map shows the obvious remains of 2 buildings, but Pont's map (around 1596) marks 'Ylen Eunlich', and the accompanying notes say "...hard upon the head of the Loch is Ylen Eaunlich of a flight shot long, with a dwelling upon it, ...". This suggests that the current remains might date to at least the 16th century, or might overlie older remains from that period. We're delighted that CMW funded an investigation of the site in September 2018. Read the results so far here.

 

Excavation of a possible almshouse at the north end of Loch Lomond. 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...

 

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.

 

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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