Cnocan Burraidh, Heritage Project



We are very excited to be working in partnership with Glen Urquhart Community Council on this heritage project.  Being led by Eve, an Archaeologist from Historic Environment Scotland, activities are underway with our local children, young people and groups, raising interest in our history, identifying changes and mapping the site. This will form part of the national archive and be available to locals and visitors alike.



Participants will learn about their local heritage; gain skills in how to conserve heritage (practical and recording); and will also be given the opportunity to learn about specialist jobs.  We are delighted the project has been approved by Archaeology Scotland for their Heritage Hero Awards, meaning everyone who completes their activities will receive a certificate

We have a range of activities taking place until December 2020.  To find out more or to get involved please contact Nicky

Some background to the project can be read in the May 2019 press release





Activities Completed

10 SeptemberGlen Urquhart Childcare Center -measuring time back to the Castle, the clothes people wore, how houses and transport have changed and the wild animals that were in the Glen.  Check out their Blog



1st October  –  Glen Urquhart Childcare Center – visit to the site, told the story of the Grants and the Battle of Coire Buidhe, counted the graves, made drawings and took photographs. Check out their Blog

19th November – experience history with handling boxes from HES Urquhart Castle and ‘stone carving’ techniques using soap



1st October – Glen Urquhart Primary School – visit to the site and introduction to the history of the Grant family.  Referring to the list of grave markers completed in 1989 by Donald and Loraine Maclean of Dochgarroch, the children identified the stones and discussed why the condition had deteriorated and took photographs for their records.  Back at school the children looked up Drumnadrochit and Cnocan Burraidh using National Libraries of Scotland maps to see how things have changed, a super resource for anyone to use.

20th November –  local history walk to Lady’s Well, Balmacaan House gates and identify changes to access roads. Then in class the children used their chrome books to complete map work,  identified family links for the family tree and use MyCanmore to find and store information.



20th November – Balnain Primary School – both class were given an introduction to the history of the Grants; experienced history with handling boxes from HES Urquhart Castle and learned about royal seals and how to make them.



The project is being rolled out during careers week at Glenurquhart High School. The 3rd year pupils will be taking part in a morning of activities with specialist HES staff – archaeologists, GIS mapping/IT and  stone masons. They will visit the site and complete survey work.  They are also visiting the Archive Centre for a unqiue look ‘behind the scenes’ and to see the records held in the archive about the Grant family.