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Highland Archaeology Festival

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over 3 weeks each late September/October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections.  There’s something to suit everyone! 

Why not visit the Tarbat Discovery Centre for the Archaeology pit for children, equipment supplied. Limited to 3 children at a time, 30 minute sessions.

25 September 2021

Starts: 10:00 Ends: 12:00

Venue: Tarbat Discovery Centre. Free for children, accompanying adults £5.

Special event for children

Bookings via website to:

Tarbat Discovery Centre.
Phone 07928 604851
Email admin@tarbat-discovery.co.uk

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Milling Around Milton With Catherine Williams

A guided walk around the historic conservation village of Milton with Catherine Williams on October 4th.  Take in the Mercat Cross, the well, the mill and local folklore tales. Refreshments included. 

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Tarbat Discovery Centre

The Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, opened in 1999 in the disused medieval church of St Colman, to display a nationally-significant collection of Pictish artefacts. The Centre’s 'Pictish Treasury' houses a wonderful corpus of sculpture including unrivalled works of art created in stone by the Picts over 1,200 years ago. These treasures include fragments of majestic cross slabs carved skilfully with elaborate and intricately designed geometric patterns, interwoven with magnificent animals and people. In addition, artefacts discovered during archaeological excavation of the early Christian monastery, that lies beneath and around the Centre, is on display. The monastery was engaged in making sumptuous holy books and works of art in gold, silver, glass and enamel, and evidence for these monastic crafts can also be seen.

Open Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm please check website for details and admission fees.


Nigg Old Church

Nigg Old Church is a fine example of a Scottish parish church and - since it houses a magnificent Pictish stone of the late eighth century, carved with unique Pictish symbols and Christian imagery - it is likely that it stands on what has been a place of Christian worship for at least 1200 years.
It has, to this day, an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. The Church lies on the southwest approach to the village of Nigg, in the county of Ross & Cromarty.
Approximately 35 miles drive north of Inverness, it can also be reached using the car ferry which runs from Cromarty in the summer months.


The Seaboard Villages

The Seaboard Villages are the home for not one but two Pictish Stones - The Shandwick Stone and The Hilton of Cadboll Stone. 
A replica of the Hilton of Cadboll Stone - carved by Barry Grove - stands proud in Hilton, with the original base at home in the Seaboard Centre (pictured).  The Shandwick Stone sits resplendent encased in glass, in a magnificent location overlooking the sea near Shandwick. 
The Seaboard Villages are also home to the sculpture trail which highlights Fishing, Folklore, Faith, Four Corners and Fortitude.  Check out the famous Mermaid of the North and grab a bite to eat at the Seaboard Centre.

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A Haven for Explorers

Discover more in Easter Ross, we have the pleasure of introducing the Easter Ross Peninsula website.  Shining a light on this beautiful part of the world.

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Tain Civic Trust - Walk Around Tain

This guided walk with Tain & District Civic Trust takes in the religious and architectural buildings of Tain covering over 700 years of history.