Kyle of Lochalsh all set for return of the Vikings

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As part of this year’s Highland Council Highland Archaeology
Festival 2021, Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust (KLCT) will be hosting a special day of experimental archaeology, activities and fun for visitors at the Plock: an area of community parkland that KLCT manages on behalf of local people in Kyle of Lochalsh.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 12, and will run between
11am and 4pm. It will be free to enter and everybody is welcome.

The day will give visitors an opportunity to find out about some of
the activities, events and public programming that KLCT hopes to
provide as part of the proposed ‘Viking village’ now being developed at the Plock.

Construction work is due to begin on this new development in the Spring of 2023. The village, once completed, will be a ‘living museum’ where visitors of all ages can discover and learn about the history of Viking incursion and settlement in Lochalsh, along the western seaboard of Scotland and throughout the Western Isles from the eighth to the thirteenth  centuries.

The village, which will be called Ótrgard, will be constructed in local materials using
traditional methods, and will be based on architectural designs developed in close conjunction with archaeological evidence from Viking sites discovered across the western and north-western Highlands and islands, as well as Orkney, Shetland and the
Nordic countries of modern-day Scandinavia.

The event on October 12 will include contributions from Gordon McIntyre, the Skye Viking; Am Bàta, the traditional boatbuilding course at Plockton High School, Broadford and Strath Men’s Shed and the recently-opened Skye Bridge Studios.

There will also be Viking- style crafts, cooking and games and plenty of other fun things to see and do for all the family.

This is a significant undertaking for KLCT, and one with potentially major implications for local people, the provision of local jobs and the vitality of local the economy.

Organisers commented: ‘We are keen to hear from visitors with their own views on the
Viking proposals now taking shape, and will share news on how these are being incorporated into wider long-term plans for management of the beautiful and delicate natural environment of the Plock.’