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How did the Flounder get its mouth?

P5s and P6s from Lochinver and Achiltibuie Primary Schools paid a visit to Achmelvich to meet author Ian Stephen for a literacy morning. Ian is an author and storyteller and had come over from the Isle of Lewis as part of a Scottish Book Trust scheme. The pupils walked with Ian along Achmelvich beach hearing stories about how the flounder got its mouth and why the John Dory has a black thumb print on its back. There was also some spontaneous beach cleaning from the children and we collected a bag full of rubbish from the beach. We then all went to Achmelvich Youth Hostel where we sat in front of the stove, warming cold toes and fingers and hearing about “How the birds got their down feathers” and “How Macleod went to the moon and back again”. The pupils then had a go at remembering one of the stories and writing the skeleton of the story. Some then told their version to the others. They then headed back to school for lunch and to practise their storytelling skills on

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Have your say on the Clachtoll Broch viewing platform

Historic Assynt have submitted their planning application for the viewing platform at Clachtoll Broch to the Highland Council. Take a look at the plans and submit any comments to the council at the link below. The viewing platform is part of the Clachtoll Broch project, which is funded with thanks to players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, SSE Sustainable Development Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, and The Highland Council through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. More information about the Clachtoll Broch Project can be found at http://clachtoll.aocarchaeology.com/ View planning application (you will be redirected to Highland Council Planning Portal)

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Happy Heritage Treasures Day!

Today is #HeritageTreasures day so we’re sharing some of the heritage treasures being conserved and enhanced through our partnership scheme, made possible thanks to players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Lets start big with the iconic mountain Suilven, where the path has been mightily improved by John Muir Trust over the last two years under the Suilven Path project. Suilven also holds a Heritage Treasure of its own: the mysterious wall that runs across its ridge, shown here while a helicopter delivers bags of stone for the higher up path repairs. No one quite knows why it’s there. Old boundary? Destitution relief work? Who knows. One of the reasons for repairing the Suilven path is to protect the Heritage Treasures at risk from walkers’ footfall such internationally significant bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), peat beds (important for carbon storage), and plantlife like this orchid next to the new path. If the 19km trek up Suilven and back is a bit much, the Assynt Foundation is also home to the Glencanisp Nature Trail. Built in 2017 the trail is a

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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 open invitation for expressions of interest to apply for an Art Residency to focus on the current archaeological excavation, consolidation and interpretation of the Clachtoll Broch. The opening up of the broch to professional archaeologists, engaged volunteers and the wider community raises many questions and issues of significance for artistic exploration and creative expression across a broad spectrum of perspectives and disciplines. This residency opportunity is open to all forms of creative endeavour and is made possible thanks to players of the National Lottery through funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Introduction The major task of removing the rubble from the collapse of the Broch circa 2,000 years ago and subsequent excavation, was undertaken in 2017 as part of the Clachtoll Broch Project, and further exploration and excavation work will occur this summer (from July).  A significant range of finds have been removed from the Broch and are now subject

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Coigach Assynt Living Landscape Welcome Historic Assynt to Partnership

It is with great pleasure that that Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape welcomes Historic Assynt to the partnership.  Following the request of Historic Assynt to join the Coigach Assynt Living Landscape, the Steering Group unanimously and enthusiastically approved the request last March 2016, and look forward to Historic Assynt joining the growing partnership. Coigach – Assynt Living Landscape is an unincorporated association and membership is open to local stakeholder groups and landowners in Coigach Assynt Area.

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