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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 as well as safe usage. All the trainees passed and now are qualified to use strimmers and brush-cutters to help maintain the Achlochan site. Although the weather was brisk, we had a great time and managed to clear a whole field of reeds between us! It was amazing how much ground we could cover in the time. Photos of progress and after below! This training was funded through the Achlochan Project. This project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, EB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Pilgrim Trust, Robert Kiln Charitable Trust plus individual and community donors.

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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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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. The main focus was the ruined broch on the south-east of the peninsula, but the entire peninsula was considered and surveyed with many interesting new sites identified – the full report will be available by the end of this year. The survey work provided an opportunity for local residents to get involved and learn first-hand how professional archaeologists record and assess a site, whilst also hosting visits from 30 Achiltibuie and Lochinver Primary School pupils and 32 Ullapool High School pupils during the week. Work is now almost complete on a new track from the Piping School Café to the shore (for restricted vehicle access) and then on to the Firing Range Target (footpath only). This was undertaken by Scottish Water, and although part of the initial CALL project proposal, has been completed free of charge, providing much improved access to the peninsula and linking in with repair works to

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