Christmas 2021

The season’s greetings to all our members, visitors and friends across the globe!  Just when we thought things were taking a turn for the better we again find ourselves in uncertain times.  The main thing is we all do our best to keep ourselves, family, friends and the rest of the population safe.

Given the latest developments it is difficult to plan too far ahead.  We will monitor the situation and hopefully be in a better position to plan some sort of programme for the coming year.

August 2021 Update

Hard to believe but it’s almost two years since our last meeting at Marydale! With the easing of covid restrictions we now look to the future and attempt to return to some form of normality. Given that the virus is still very much with us and some restrictions will be in place for a while yet there are no formal meetings planned for the remainder of 2021. However there are some activities that we hope will go ahead.


As in past years SHA has agreed to contribute several guided walks/visits to the program:

Saturday 2nd October – Guided Walk to Comar Wood Dun – Meet Marydale Hall 2pm followed by tea & biscuits.

Friday 8th October – Marydale Church & the Davoch of Clachan – Meet Marydale Hall 2pm followed by tea & biscuits.

Tuesday 12th October – Guided Walk to Comar Wood Dun – Meet Marydale Hall 2pm followed by tea & biscuits.

No need to book in advance but prior notice does give us an idea of numbers. For the Dun walks email or call Marjorie on 01456 415457. For Marydale/Clachan visit email as above or call Jim on 01456 415366.

Details of all the HAF events are online at

Clearances Exhibition

Originally scheduled for 2020 we intend to hold the exhibition in August 2022 – dates to be confirmed. Much will depend on arrangements at the Highland Archive Centre which is still on limited access. Details at


Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) was set up in January 2009 to provide a range of exciting and innovative community archaeology projects. It provides opportunities to encourage people with diverse interests and abilities in the Highlands to learn about, record and participate in celebrating and increasing knowledge of their local heritage. ARCH does this in a number of ways including classroom learning, practical outdoor sessions, group project work, or via a virtual community. A monthly newsletter is produced and the latest issue can be found here.

Clearances Exhibition Cancelled

Due to the corona virus pandemic and the uncertainty as to when current restrictions will be lifted we have decided to cancel our exhibition on The Clearances planned for August.  All being well it will now take place in August 2021.

Although online and printed material is still being researched we have lost access to the old estate records and documents at Highland Archives, Inverness Library and the NLS in Edinburgh that would contribute to a large part of the exhibition content.

Hopefully those researching at present will continue with a view to making Exhibition 2021 a major success.