Clachtoll broch is one of the most iconic monuments in northern mainland Britain and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is in a dilapidated state and choked with rubble debris. As a result, visitors can only access the broch by climbing over rubble to walk around the site on the wall head. This is both damaging to the broch and hazardous for visitors. Local concerns about the deterioration and public safety were raised in 2006 and resulted in a 2009 Conservation Management Plan funded by Historic Scotland. Further consolidation to secure the entrance area took place in 2011 and emergency propping for the south wall in 2014.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Excavate the site giving visitors a unique insight into the broch’s original structure and use, as well as safeguarding it for future generations.
  • Restore visitor access through the original entrance, open up the interior of the building and improve understanding of how the settlement surrounding the broch was used.
  • Explore options for an architect designed structure that gives access to the broch and protect it from further wind and wave damage.

A Broch Interpretation Officer will coordinate a range of education and training opportunities for locals, tourists and schoolchildren. The excavations will be open and free for all to participate in developing archaeological skills.

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CALL for artists!

Invitation for application for an artist residency linked to the Clachtoll Broch project. The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP), in association with the Assynt Foundation, is issuing this

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 5:06pm

Thanks Hamlet Mountaineering, always great to hear of people enjoying the repaired path up Suilven. Gorgeous sunset pic too!

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, October 15th, 2018 at 12:42pm
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeSaturday, October 13th, 2018 at 7:53am

Another one from this morning https://t.co/pvomggLNgl

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, October 12th, 2018 at 4:52pm

Half term is here! If you are looking for a family activity why not join us on the 24th October at Clachtoll for a family survey day. Help will be provided on the day for the ID of species by Assynt Field Club