Monumental effort for Ardnamurchan project

Dr Paul Murtagh will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the The Adopt-a-Monument on Ardnamurchan project.

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

Residents of Ardnamurchan need not be digging around for something to do over the next two years thanks to funding from the National and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Archaeology Scotland working with Ardnamurchan History and Heritage Association
(AHHA), have been awarded a grant to carry out a two-year programme of work in west

The Adopt-a-Monument on Ardnamurchan project is part of a new £9 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better- quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets.

The project will build on the previous in the locality, focusing on various aspects of the historical environment of the peninsula in partnership with AHHA, local landowners and crofters and involving the whole community.

Phil Richardson of Archaeology Scotland.

The programme will be launched in early 2021 and led locally by Dr Paul Murtagh, supported by a long-term friend of AHHA Phil Richardson, of Archaeology Scotland, who will manage this project in west Ardnamurchan.

Two local, part-time jobs are also being created to assist with the delivery of the project. Look out for details on the sites shown below.

There will be lots of opportunities for people who live and, once permitted, visit Ardnamurchan to get involved including two, two-week-long, archaeological excavations taking place around Camas Nan Geall.

Each of the events and activities will be advertised locally and it is hoped as many people as possible can get involved. Each participant will learn new skills, from archaeological excavation to drystone walling and from report writing to photography, while another element of the project will be to provide training in heritage focused business and tourism development.

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project, Dr Murtagh said: ‘Due to the complex nature of the European fund and issues surrounding COVID-19 there have been lots of delays in getting all the contracts signed, and it had been hoped to have the project up and running before now, but it is hoped that 2021 and 2022 will be full of archaeological opportunities and fun.’

If you have any questions about the project or would like to take part, please contact Paul Murtagh at Archaeology Scotland by emailing:

You can also visit the new Archaeology Scotland website or the Heritage Ardnamurchan
website and social media accounts later this month, for more information and to find out how to get involved.