Hands on History – Glencoe Excavations

14 - 23 June, open daily 10am-4pm
National Trust of Scotland Visitor Centre
Glencoe, Ballachulish, PH49 4HX

Achnacon Settlement Site is 10-15 min walk from the National Trust of Scotland visitor centre (follow signage). Visitors are welcome to park at the National Trust of Scotland visitor centre car park and visit the excavation site.

The site is accessible via a short walk (10-15 minutes) along a well maintained and level path from the visitor centre to Achnacon Township (this is signposted and accessed from the left of the visitor centre). There are parking and toilet facilities at the visitor centre.

Unfortunately the excavation area comprises mildly sloping, rocky and muddy ground so sensible footwear and a certain level of mobility are required to visit the site.

The open day event will be hosted at the visitor centre and is fully accessible via a short gravel path.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The site we are investigating was involved in the events of the Glencoe massacre of 1692 – and some narratives and interpretations of the site, and artefacts we uncover there may relate to these events, or the events of the 1690, 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Risings.
Families/Young People Heritage Outdoor

Want to find out more about life in the Scottish Highlands hundreds of years ago? Join us in Glencoe to get hands on with history. We will be excavating one of the settlement sites associated with the MacDonalds of Glencoe, occupied from the 16th – 18th centuries, to uncover more about life in this famous glen.

We will be holding a family dig for a day event on Saturday 15th June if you’d like to get your hands dirty get in touch to book at: e.stewart.1@research.gla.ac.uk. All between the ages of 10+ are welcome (children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

We will also be offering site tours to visitors each day between the 13th and 23rd June – just drop by our site and we’d be happy to talk to you about our work (we might even tempt you to get involved!).

We will be hosting an open day event on Saturday 22nd at the reconstructed turf house at the visitor centre, which is also free.

For site tours and our open day there is no need to book or register! If you would like to get involved with the excavations please get in touch with the organiser (Eddie Stewart) at: e.stewart.1@research.gla.ac.uk

It is very unlikely we will encounter sensitive archaeological materials, such as human remains, if these are found the site will be closed so that excavation can proceed to preserve the dignity of the individuals. If that is the case, an announcement will be made on social media.

Image credit: Archaeology Open Day, Glencoe, 2023. Photo: Cole Juckette