The natural shelters of the Achlochan peninsula, its coastal location, the presence of inland fresh-water and readily available construction materials have sustained settlers since the Iron Age. Geologists believe the lochan reed bed – the largest in Wester Ross, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – was once a sea loch and in more recent times a working waterway.

The peninsula’s ruined broch is one of the few in North-West Scotland and the nearby World War One rifle range and drill hall are similarly rare. Remains of 19th century kelp kilns and boat nausts (or shelters) point to the 19th century. The geological SSSI is of national importance as rocks of two different ages lie adjacent to one another.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Safeguard and restore the peninsula’s natural, built and cultural heritage with managed and responsible access.
  • Provide improved access for visitors and locals to heritage features and more information about them to help the public interpret and explore these heritage assets.
  • Commence the first comprehensive archaeological survey of the broch and its surrounds before undertaking essential repairs to the surrounding buildings and consolidating the firing range.
  • Reclaim an area of open water on Loch Poll an Dunan and add a small sheltered bird watching point overlooking it.

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Volunteer Training at Achlochan

This week we ran a 2-day course for the Achlochan Project volunteers to get trained in using brush-cutters and strimmers. This course was LANTRA accredited and covered maintaining the machines

Achlochan Coastal Heritage Project Update

  The Achlochan Peninsula in Achiltibuie has seen lots of activity over the past two months, with more to come. In late October a week long archaeological survey took place.

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:21pm

This Thursday come and learn about soil fertility legacies in Coigach and Assynt with a talk from Louisa Habermann, who is currently working on a PhD looking at how current and past land management may be affecting the historical record of the soils, its structure,...

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:25pm

Day 18 of #30DaysWild with the Wildlife Trusts. A wild, windy walk at Raffin today whilst carrying out a site visit for our Beach Clean next week (27th). 9 months since our previous beach clean here and although there is a lot less...

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, May 17th, 2019 at 1:55pm