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8 May 2019

Uncover the secrets of Glencoe this weekend

Glencoe with purple heather in the foreground
We’re inviting history and archaeology enthusiasts to take part in an exciting dig, exposing a site from the Glencoe Massacre of 1692, along with archaeologists and Thistle Camp volunteers in Glencoe this Saturday (11 May).

Our archaeologists and volunteers have been undertaking the archaeological excavation at Achtriochtan, uncovering a turf and stone-built house that dates back to the time of the Glencoe Massacre.

Visitors will have the opportunity to open a large trench and record any findings and artefacts that emerge during the dig. 

The information gathered will help us develop plans to construct a replica turf house at the National Trust for Scotland’s newly revamped Glencoe Visitor Centre.

“Glencoe is brimming with history and this is a great chance for enthusiasts to help archaeologists reveal more about the people who once lived in the heart of the glen.”
Derek Alexander
Head of Archaeology at the National Trust for Scotland

Derek added: ‘We’ve already had great feedback on our new and improved visitor centre. The replica turf house will only add to the visitor experience, giving our visitors a real insight into what life was like here.

‘It’s another example of how we’re weaving the stories of Glencoe throughout the visitor centre. These great new facilities make it even easier for the Trust to share our love of Scotland and help people experience and value this beautiful place. It’s a job we’re proud to do.’

Glencoe visitor centre seen through the glen
Photographer: Mike Bolam

The event starts at the Glencoe Visitor Centre and costs just £30 per adult and £15 for under 18s to take part in a choice of three two-hour slots: 10am–12pm, 1–3pm or 3–5pm.

Derek Alexander will return to Glencoe Visitor Centre the following weekend (Saturday 18 May) to discuss the findings and share the National Trust for Scotland’s plans for the exciting re-creation of the site. Tickets for this talk cost just £5 per person.

To take part or find out more, please visit our event listing.