Picture the Past Dornoch to Tain

The coastline between Dornoch and Tain is an area which has been used for over 8000 years by people. In early 2011 ARCH ran a series of guided walks looking at the local heritage of Tain, Dornoch and Camore Woods. A variety of archaeological sites were photographed ranging from prehistoric hut circles to Tain Collegiate Church. Throughout the guided walks there was an effort to demonstrate how sea level change has affected the area over thousands of years. Issues of erosion, longshore drift and the rise and fall of the sea were discussed in relation to their effect on archaeological sites. Throughout the walk photos were taken of the sites to help update the heritage records for the area and provide a much need record of the present condition of the archaeological sites.



Earls Cross Stone, Dornoch                      Tain Collegiate Church



Earls Cross House, Dornoch                      Participants Checking the Records

General View of North Street Buildings, Dornoch

Hut Circle, Camore Woods


The project was very successful, involving thirty-one people from the communities of Dornoch, Tain and further afield. Over 100 new photographs of sites were taken.

A temporary display of the best photos toured Dornoch and Tain Libraries in spring 2011.

Many thanks to the Moray Firth Partnership, Highland Council, and the BBC for the funding for this project and to all the local community members who got involved despite the bad weather!


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