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.

In addition to gaining new skills; learning about about sharing information on our local heritage, participants 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 happening over the next year. To find out more or to get involved please contact Nicky

After receiving confirmation of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, David Fraser on behalf of  GUCC issued the following press release:

Cnocan BuraidhMay 2019.

The Glen Urquhart Community Council are delighted to have secured funding for the Cnocan Buraidh Heritage Project. The graveyard covers 300 years of local history and the people buried at the site include people of national importance such as General Sir Charles Grant who was in charge of the Scottish Army in 1939 and keys figures from the early part of the British Empire in India. More recent burials included Sir Theodore Gervais Chambers the Chairman of Welwyn Garden City from 1920 to 1950.

The project will not only preserve an important site but will also start to tell share the story with current generations of young people, a story of people who had significant influence in the area and across the Highlands.

The first phase will include the restoration of the perimeter walls and a detailed survey of the central marble vault. As you can see from these pictures, the first stage of restoration work took place in  August and September 2019.



The Cnocan Buraidh Project fits into a wider strategy to develop a heritage trail in Glen Urquhart. More information on this will be available shortly.

We are very grateful for the support and funding received from the following organisations and delighted with the level of interest the project has generated:
Heritage Lottery Fund; Historic Environment Scotland ; a Private Donation; 1745 Association; Kings Shropshire Light Infantry; Soirbheas; Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association; Glen Urquhart Community Council.
And especially the Landowner John Cameron for his support and cooperation.

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




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.


Our next activities include plane table survey drawings; creating historical records in the national archive, stone carving and ‘handling boxes’.

Let us know if you would like to learn more.
If you would like to get involved with the project we would be delighted to have your help with research, recording or site maintenance.